In the tradition of great figurative painting, my work reflects a synthesis of craftsmanship, conscious and subconscious relationships, and emotional and social content. It is an ongoing quest to define the sublime and the ineffable and a deep heartfelt yearning for harmony.
I am energized by the belief that here, at the dawning of the 21st century, the process of creating art through traditional media is very much alive and continues to evolve and remains as relevant as it ever was.
The primary influences on my current work are diverse Judaic sources including biblical passages, prophetic writings, rabbinical teachings and contemporary Judaic philosophy that shape my conscience.
These timeless commentaries, informed by the core moral and universal humanistic values of Jewish tradition and ethos, are an integral part of the shaping of our western civilization, as they encompass a fundamental desire for personal spiritual and global peace, equality and social justice.
The jumping off points for my paintings are these universal metaphors and messages of good and evil, questions and commentaries on integrity and moral/ethical choice, parables on mortality and the quest for spiritual connection.
Through careful crafting of thematic coloring, expressive line, I attempt to develop a new allegorical and poetic language. It is a pictorial vocabulary that expresses my interests and concerns in a wide-ranging exploration of the contemporary human condition, inevitably shaped by my Jewish heritage.
The basic Judaic themes often evolve from personal subtext and interpretations containing childhood recollections, free-association and personal iconography.
My approach is multilayered and intuitive, moving between the particular characteristics of the subject, formal aesthetic decisions, and intuition. As a painting develops, the unique personality of the work often evokes personal associations and builds towards an emotional crescendo through an intimate interaction with the work.
Alan Falk, 2006