Born and raised in Southern California, Couwenberg draws inspiration from his local surroundings. “Black Labeled” is work that responds to themes of the counterculture- the use of line in tattoo work, the finish associated with hot rod and car culture, the design aesthetic of concert posters. Couwenberg is also more classically inspired. Half Dutch, he relates to the old master’s ability to create light through the use of color and value. The new paintings are equally a product of the artist’s obsession with process and exploration of materials. Shapes are cut from Mylar and then collaged with acrylic paint to the canvas creating luminous interactions of shape and line.