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2014 | Yard

On top of themes that I previously explored, like family and ritual, this series deals with home. Most of the paintings are of a residential backyard. The backyard is where my father, often around a fire, would recall stories from his childhood. I decided to use the yard as a vessel to tell my own surreal stories about the complex nature of home. Blurred figures and objects give all paintings in the series a poignant sense of unease.

In cases where a work did not perfectly fit the themes of a series, I placed that work according to date. I placed these less related works at the bottom of the page.

Franklin Ratliff, extraction, 2014, oil on paper, 24"x16"

extraction, 2014, oil on paper, 24"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, no one knows the father except the son, 2014, oil on canvas, 22"x32"

no one knows the father except the son, 2014, oil on canvas, 22"x32"

Franklin Ratliff, implement of power, 2014, oil on paper, 30"x22"

implement of power, 2014, oil on paper, 30"x22", not available

Franklin Ratliff, under the spell, 2014, oil on canvas, 24"x42"

under the spell, 2014, oil on canvas, 24"x42", not available

Franklin Ratliff, ghost story, 2014, oil on unstretched paper, 22"x30"

ghost story, 2014, oil on paper, 22"x30"

Franklin Ratliff, BB, 2014, oil on canvas, 65"x45"

BB, 2014, oil on canvas, 65"x45"

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