I knew then what I had done. I had killed a man. I had killed a man to get a woman. I had put myself in her power, so there was one person in the world that could point a finger at me, and I would have to die. I had done all that for her, and I never want to see her again as long as I lived. That’s all it takes, one drop of fear, to curdle love into hate.

Wow! Did I just go back to the 40’s…? James M. Cain…Double Indemnity? I couldn’t help myself! I was looking at the first oil painting of Joseph Crones and was swept away into thriller mode!

Sitting down with a cup of Joe, with my mitts on the mill, I’m on the tail of an artist of excellent quality, a real crackerjack!

Crone’s debut oil on panel, “A Cold Descent” is a nostalgic adventure into Classic Film Noir. Noir, a French word for black, is representative of a classic, dramatic, literary and cinematic style. Noir aesthetics are deeply influenced with a low-key black and white visual style that has roots in German Expressionism, an artistic movement of the 1910’s and 1920’s. By its nature, the movement was interested in the relationship between art and society, politics and popular culture.

Joseph Crone is known, greatly so, for his hypnotic and tension filled imagery and techniques with colored pencil on Dura-Lar Film. His renderings are hyper- realistic, dramatic and cinematic. Joseph artistically performs for his audience in rich psychological narratives. His work will have you singing like a canary.

At present, Crone has chosen to mesmerize us with his skillful talent in oil, while at the same time staying unified to his genre and black and white color palette. Between black and white is a wide range of shadow and Crone is a director of the 50 shades of the color gray. Fingered for his new oil work, “A Cold Descent”, he has portrayed a real dish. Or Femme Fatale. A real looker doing a clean sneak via the stairway. Innocent or guilty? She is certainly sultry and pensive.

She is in the line-up at the gallery and she can be all yours for some cabbage. It’s time for me to blow, so make time to come check out this great piece of work by Joseph Crone.

I need to get out of these rags and grab Jack and head to the hash house for dinner!


Raven Sawyer