Fresh Paint is pleased to present “Luminosity”, a two person show featuring paintings by Dirk De Bruycker and Harry Moody.
Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, May 4 from 6 to 9pm. Preview is Friday May 3 from Noon to 6pm. “Luminosity” runs through July 6, 2013.
Dirk De Bruycker: “My paintings are not so much conceptually driven rather they are emotive and fluid, liquid even. Color fields and forms are negotiated intuitively, responsive to what I like to call a painterly logic that is unique to each painting. If the actions of painting start off rather detached, somewhat random, they become increasingly more specific and sparse towards the completion of the painting. It’s a process of fine-tuning where I try to capitalize on the few lucid moments that occur during the process. I try to infuse or charge the painting with emotional content through the very acts of painting. Throughout the years I have searched for a tactile but fragile beauty, a kind of dangerous beauty, a fleeting one. Democritus Junior lists Beauty as A Cause for melancholy in his eclectic scholarly work “The Anatomy of Melancholy”. This tragic beauty interests me.
A few years ago I entered my studio in Nicaragua and on the tile floor lay dead a splendid Cocoa Mort Blue butterfly, her body consumed by ants. I gasped, overwhelmed by both the beauty and the tragedy of the event. This occurrence provided me with much more than a pretext to give expression to my sentiments and preoccupations. I think I’ve been trying to capture that moment of gasping ever since in my paintings, and in a way that is consistent with the intuitive process-oriented approach to painting that I favor.”
Dirk De Bruycker received his formal training at City Academy of Fine Arts in St. Niklaas, Belgium and received his M.A. at St. Lucas Institute of Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium. His work can be found in permanent private and public collections around the world including the Flemish Community Government in Province of East Flanders, Ministry of Visual Arts in Brussels, Belgium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Microsoft Collection in Seattle, Washington, and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri.
Harry Moody: “I do abstract paintings. I think and hope they are what they are. Aside from asking myself what am I doing, I also ask what they might possibly have in common with a 15th/16th century old master such as Lucas Cranach or Breughel the Elder. I mean, abstract is abstract and I cannot second-guess how anyone would perceive my paintings. All of my paintings are foremost inspired by nature. When I paint, I do not try to simulate nature in a recognizable representation. I use nature as a point of departure. I have realized that in the work process, as thoughts/feelings take on a current, they remain fragmented and are only insinuations of a whole. This often reminds me of conversations with people that, on the surface, relate a point or a meaning, yet leave so much out. To the degree where I ask myself, “How much is being not said?” By offering my limited honesty, my humanity or my soul into the painting as I paint it, I find that it is reciprocated with a respect that might not be what I had (foolishly) conceptualized but rather as an entity with a soul in its own right. At this point when the painting glares at me saying I exist, I am alive, I have a soul and harmonize then I become humbled knowing that I have paid homage or tribute to the question of what is art.”
Harry Moody received his formal training at Frankfurt Stadel Fine Art Academy in Frankfurt, Germany. His career in the arts include Fine Arts Dealer, Gallery Owner, Membership in CINOA, Appraiser, Conservator/Restorer, participant in numerous Art Fairs in Maastricht, Koln, Munich, Frankfurt, author and art critic for Art-i-fact, freelance curator for the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle, Ukai Museum in Tokyo and for privately owned collections, and was on the Board of Trustees at the Seattle Fine Art Academy. Throughout his professional life, Harry Moody has pursued a dialogue concerning art ideals and the necessity to express oneself artistically. He has exhibited at the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt, and the Landes Museum in Wiesbaden, Germany.
While both artists work with oil paint, each one uses their distinctive techniques to express themselves and create dynamic and colorful multi-layered paintings.
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Harry Moody, "Abstract Red #7,"
oil on canvas, 36 x 36".
Dirk De Bruycker, “Egression of Three,” oil
and mixed media on canvas, 72 x 60".
Harry Moody, "Abstract Red, Black,
White #3," oil on canvas, 36 x 36".