David Salle explores the hypothetical relationships between subjects and their portrayals, using cut outs and obscured images as references he creates collage-like paintings which tackle all aspects of his chosen subject. His contemporary images are abstracted and vibrant, portraying intensity and a mixture of patterns and contrasting colours.
His paintings and prints comprise what appear to be randomly juxtaposed images or images placed on top of one other with deliberately ham-fisted techniques.
His style of the painting shows a collage which has different subjects poking outward at all angles, almost like a mind-map of all different subjects.
David Salle’s ‘Angel in The Rain’ has comical aspects as well as more traditional ones. The performing bears and the angels connotate a rather dramatic division in what he’s portraying helped by his collage approach to painting.
‘Mingus in Mexico’ is an example of Salle’s use of the pastiche technique, this style of imitation is a central theme in modern art and Salle used it coherently in this piece.