ARTIST STATEMENT and BIOGRAPHY
I find painting goes beyond the notion that painted reality is “nothing but “ a precursor to a photographic realism. Painting is a phenomenological experiment. There is a synthesis between the visual and the kinesthetic that forms a powerful third range of human perception. Human space and form are not purely optical manifestations. The painting of mass and line can provoke a muscle sense, a physical ness between viewer and the painted relationships. Hans Hoffman called this “Push-Pull”. Matisse referred to this as the convexity of pictorial space. In this “meta-vision” or “minds-eye” the painter is not freed from the experience of perspective and local color and the naturalistic geometry of the objects and scenes. Rather, the painter can be liberated by the experience and knowledge of the defining aspects of human reality.
Vision encompasses the obvious factors of sight along with other less obvious paths to sensing reality. Human vision is based on a plasticity of structures that tell us more than what a photograph can convey. The visual system, governed by layers of logical relationships, goes much further than a photo interpretation of reality. Painters like Courbet and Cézanne understood these logical relationships as they rejected the establishment of a new French academic painting style that had begun to incorporate a photo-centric aesthetic. We see in these revolutionary painters an understanding of classical painting where the reality or meta-reality of a long tradition is almost lost. This tadition, ... Read More