The paintings of Cliff Speaks are rich integrations of traditions such as the Mexican Muralists, Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism and Pop Art. They draw on the approaches of a variety of artists including Jackson Pollack, Vincent van Gough and Henry Moore. Cliff, who considers his works "temporary conclusions to ongoing ideas" arrived at painting by way of graphic design, a background which serves well his efforts to transmute the realm of the ear to the realm of the eye. Cliff says, "I am especially attracted to music. Music often is a theme in my work. I 'see' blues, punk, rock, rockabilly, classical, and soul."
SCJ244 "Delta Diva" - mixed media on 30"x48" gallery wrapped canvas