Californian artist Thaddeus Strode (born 1964) has over the past years developed his own pictorial language, where his references to American illustration and comics have shifted more and more to the benefit of purely painterly motives. Strode, who prefers a quick, manner of painting, works primarily with popular household paints, combining them with different materials to achieve a translucent paint surface. Finally, he combines his painting with drawing, spray and collage. Interlacing these different techniques and materials, the artist creates complex, multi-layered images that leave the process of the work visible.