Hello, and welcome to Underwood Artworks.
I have constructed this web site as a set of portfolios that can introduce viewers (like you) to my work. I've been an artist for 30+ years, and I continue to evolve and make new work. Please click on the Portfolio links at the top of this page to have a look at some of my varied series of artworks. I make mixed-media artworks, composite photographs, drawings, and collages/assemblages. A lot of my work involves incorporating my own original photographs into mixed-media artworks or montage/composite photographs, with the intent of expanding the use of "the still photograph" as an instigator of meaning and as a facilitator of aesthetic and contextual possibilities. All component photographs in all artworks are always my own originals. Thanks for having a look at some of my work.
Pictured here in this home page is a recent mixed-media work in my ongoing series of "image/text," mixed-media artworks that each include some of my own original photography, along with drawing, painting, text, and/or collage materials. More works in this series can be seen in the "Image/Text Photographic Artworks 2016-2022" portfolio on this website.
During the Spring 2020 coronavirus pandemic, I self-published a softcover book titled, SHIFT IN THINKING, through the printer Blurb. The book includes reproductions of 61 selected mixed-media/photographic/image-text artworks that I made between 2012 and 2020. The book is available directly from the printer if you are interested. I am making a total of $1 (yep, just one buck) off each book ordered, and I am donating 100% of any profits I make to The Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, to help alleviate hunger in the region. The book can be previewed and purchased directly at this link: https://www.blurb.com/b/10126573-shift-in-thinking
I am the editor (and publisher) of an anthology photography book which was released from Sapling Grove Press in June, 2015. Take a look at the diverse, innovative, and progressive work in our book, RICH COMMUNITY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF APPALACHIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS, which includes previously unpublished work from 82 contemporary Appalachian photographers. You may be surprised by the diversity and complexity of the work included in this important book.
This portfolio includes one-of-a-kind "image/text," mixed-media artworks which each include my original photographs and readable text. When the component photographs are mounted on wood or plexiglass backings, the prints are often mounted with clear gloss acrylic medium on surfaces prepared with multiple layers of colored acrylic, and then a layer or two of clear, UV-absorbing picture varnish is applied for longevity. Other works in this series are made on archival museum board and are framed more traditionally under plexiglass.
This portolio includes composite silver gelatin photographs and cyanotypes made with composite negatives. Some of these works have been produced in short editions of 2 to 10 identical (or nearly identical, as is the case with cyanotypes) copies, and the silver gelatin photographs are archivally dry-mounted on museum board in a traditional manner. Other artworks are one-of-a-kind originals, with silver gelatin photographs mounted onto a variety of backing materials. The silver gelatin photographs were printed in a traditional, analog darkroom. The cyanotypes were printed outdoors in UV sunlight, with contact negatives.
Throughout my career, I have made a variety of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other mixed-media artworks in addition to my main body of work in photography/mixed-media. Similar to my work in other series, these works also explore issues of ambiguous content, repetition of form, multiples, various formal qualities, varieties of texture, and subtleties of color and contrast.