My most recent work explores duality. Multiple images can be seen at once in a delicate balance between realism and abstraction. With inviting color schemes and decipherable subject matter, the viewer is drawn in but still left to decide where they are and what they are seeing. The latest series focuses on the intimacy of the portrait and the moment where time seems to slow down.
In the guise of Lee Friedlander, photography is my sketchbook but oil paint is my mode of storytelling. The paintings have a life of their own that exists past the initial photo that inspires them. The handling of the paint shows the motion of the arm as it manipulates the brush. The finished work provokes the viewer to find the balance within duality.
Libby was born in Philadelphia and has lived and worked in Lancaster, and Phoenixville. He now resides in Philadelphia. Libby received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting and a Bachelors of Science in Art Education in 2006 from Millersville University. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2011. Currently, Libby serves as lead art instructor at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.