Earl McBride is a contemporary artist known for his large scale abstract paintings. By using various mark-making tools, McBride presents a visual exploration of identity, transformation, and dualities.
McBride’s large-scale paintings are theatrical and unmediated. Using spray paint, lithography grease pencils, thick oil paint straight from the tube, colored pencil, graphite, asphalt, and enamel marker, McBride transforms wooden panels into fields of discordant colors and shapes that look like both brash decisions and restrained calculated thoughts. These paintings were created over a two-year period when the artist, at age 53, transitioned from female to male.
Receiving his bachelor’s degree from Otis College of Art and Design, McBride spent many years working in art galleries before studying painting and drawing at the University of New Mexico Graduate Program. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe.
My process is rooted in storytelling. A story emerges, shifts and morphs as the picture takes shape. Narrative and biography migrate into the process. Making art is my way of understanding the world. What interests me most is how we construct ourselves and the process of personal and cultural transformation.