francisco benítez michael bergt Vincenzo Calli erin cone claire b cotts rob douglas Alexandra Eldridge alberto gálvez don gale erik gonzales howard hersh juan kelly michael kessler hyunmee lee jorge leyva Jesus Lizaso santiago pérez Monique Passicot lilita postaza Antonio Puri randall reid suzanne sbarge bill starke john tarahteeff Nina Tichava cecil touchon james tyler
my inspiration comes from the artists of antiquity. I work in the long-forgotten techniques of the greeks to weave a narrative about the contemporary psyche.
i use the figure as a metaphor for the human condition. though representative, my work is symbolic. i have always been facinated with the figure beautifully rendered by pattern and decoration
i believe that in art there is the need to arouse something more than an aesthetic emotion - one has to go beyond that; it is the miracle of the suspended moment. When space has nothing more to do with the physical, but be comes an emotion originating from the heart and from the hidden depths of the mind.
my work is a fusion of traditional portraiture with magical realism and minimal abstraction I attempt to address what is hidden versus what is re-vealed and in doing so, create a new aesthetic in portraiture.
i am interested in the unspoken,
inherent in each piece is an expansive rhythm of inspired vision which must be imprinted upon the process of creation. there exists a great sense of divine order i hope will resonate throughout the work.
My paintings emerge from a place where contradictions are allowed, paradox reigns and reason is abandoned. My search is for the inherent radiance in all things... the extraordinary in the ordinary.
my paintings are constructed through a weaving of allusions, references and citations from the figurative tradition.
Through painting I create tactile expressions of my mind and soul that have a solid permanence much like the stelae of ancient cultures.
my interests and my work continue to explore inter-relationships and connectivity in the universe, both macro and micro. especially interesting to me is the mimicking of man made things with those in nature.
the two pillars that hold up my work are magic and movement. for me painting is a world with its own laws and logic that can be ruled by universal principles.
nature is the inspiration for my work. thirty-five years ago i began by painting landscapes. but through prolonged and careful observation it was the inner dynamics of the natural world that gripped my imagination.
my approch to painting is without restraint. i use color, shape and gesture to express human identity with the absence of figures.
unlike legible written language that we can understand, nature's language is produced by muted sounds, which is the process of creative thought.
my paintings are products of imagination and invention combined with remembered images and stories, spiced with a perverse comedy. each painting is painted inspirationally as much as possible before it becomes invention.
If I could explain my painting, I would be a writer and would then be able to explain my writing; but if, as a writer, I could explain it, I would most likely throw away the pen and take the brush to become a painter.
life is art and art is my life. imagination is the language that i need. my paintings speak for me and are my way of communication.
my art is my means of identifying with the universe; therefore, I use symbols, forms, and spatial concern as a means to express my need for universality. my inspiration comes from the unity between the microscopic and the macrocosmic.
as life reflects us back to ourselves as a means to discovery, i hope that my work mirrors the sprit of the viewer at the same time that it addresses my own philosophical concerns.
my work is primarily figure-based, with a narrative iconography conveying a sense of myth, ritual, twisted fair tales, and the surreal aspects of everyday life.
human beings interacting, colliding, cooperating, striving & achieving. these are the themes i portray in my sculptures. my observations on the human condition are meant to be both humorous and thought provoking.
i abandoned illustrating the world in favor of following some mysterious subtext that emerges as the painting develops. i am lead by quirky impulses to exaggerate color, or play with scale, in a way which often undermines the realism of the image, but ultimately leads to discoveries as the painting finds new improbable resolutions of form and content.
My artwork is based upon discovery and the creation of distinct, unrepeatable objects. I focus on the details of the world around me, with a genuine curiosity and a certain amount of awe. Through that focus I actively process my environment, ultimately building something fresh and singular.
my collage art depends a great deal on serendipitous discovery. this allows a certain amount of chance and randomness to find its way into my work which in turn makes possible an interactive dynamic.
my ceramic sculptures piece together the universal myths that you find in all cultures