Queen’s meticulously rendered still life paintings have a heightened sense of realism. He works from direct observation, developing intriguing, enigmatic compositions that are based on personal narratives. His inspiration includes vintage toys and figurines, common objects, as well as elements of nature such as flower bulbs, branches, vegetables, shells, and fish. The artist experiments extensively in arranging his compositions, carefully controlling the light quality to create the desired mood. While a work is in progress, Queen will labor over subtle adjustments and fine detail.
Queen was chosen to paint the illustrations on the carousel in Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati. In the Spring of 2015 the carousel opened, featuring Queen’s work and making him a household name in the local art scene. Included in this exhibition are the twelve studies of the sixteen preliminary studies used for the project. These paintings depict whimsical characters set in different Cincinnati park landmarks. In addition to the studies the artist will be showing four new oil paintings, this new work includes detailed still life paintings in his distinct style with a focus on light and unique character subjects.