Night Book

Artist’s Note

The Night Book is a folio of mixed-media paintings: pencil, ink, watercolor, Aquarelle pencil & acrylic. The paintings began as pencil, later ink, drawings made in my bedside Moleskine and Stillman & Birn sketchbooks while in that zone between wakefulness and sleep, A world devoid of reason but rich in images: half-formed, unrelated, surreal, erotic, even terrifying. A critic likened my phantasmagoric paintings to graphic poetry. Inspiration for the Night Book project came from Goya’s Los Caprichos (1799), and from François Desprez’s (1655) and Gustave Doré’s (1854) illustrations for Rabelais’s Pantagruel (1655), in my novel, The Nude Pianist (Fictionaut,­­­ 2016), a few of these paintings appear as the work of Francesco Martinelli.

All these drawings are protected by International Copyright. Click on the paintings to enlarge.

Nightbook: 41:
Nightbook 36
Nightbook 33
Nightbook 37: Contemplating a Philodendron Leaf
Night Book #21 Humpty Dumpty
Night Book #20
Night Book #3

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15 Years Ago: September 11, 2001, 10:30 a.m. Varick Street

September 11, 2001, 10:28 a.m. Looking South on Varick Street as North World Trade Center Tower collapses. Painting by DR Harris
September 11, 2001, 10:28 a.m. Looking South on Varick Street as North World Trade Center Tower collapses. Painting by DR Harris September 12, 2011. Artrage on iPad.

Fifteen years ago, my wife and I watched planes fly into the World Trade Center from our Park Slope, Brooklyn apartment. We spent most of the day assisting refugees from lower Manhattan trudging past our building. The image of people fleeing the collapsing North Tower remained in my head.

Five Portraits from Homer’s Iliad

Achille's Rage
                             Achilles’s Rage

Acrylic on wood panel 20″x 20″
DR Harris 2012

Agamemnon
           Agamemnon

Acrylic on Strathmore Multi-Media 300g Paper 12″ x 6″
DR Harris 2012

Ajax At War
                                  Ajax At War

Acrylic on Wood Panel 20″x 20″
DR Harris 2012

Nestor
               Nestor

Acrylic on Strathmore Multi-Media 300g Paper 12″x 6″
DR Harris 2012

Priam in Tears
        Priam in Tears

Acrylic on Strathmore Multi-Media 300g Paper 12″x 6″
DR Harris 2012