Unreal Nature

October 4, 2016

Forcing You

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… sometimes you have to sacrifice and rework previously finished, precious areas to make it better.

This is from A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today by Marc Valli and Margherita Dessanay (2014). In this book, each featured artist has a section where he talks about his or her work under somewhat (but not always) consistent headings. I’ve picked out the bits that I like. This first is from Dan Witz:


I’ve always been mesmerized by Old Master paintings. Not so much the imagery, but the presence, that brief miraculous moment of transferral to the painting’s space — when you’re there, you suspend disbelief and surrender yourself to the painting’s universe. This is what has always excited me about art — that crazy moment when you leave your body and go down the artist’s rabbit hole.

Next is from David Brian Smith:

Materials and Process

… Painting is easy when a piece obviously needs a lot of work and you can see the problems. In that case, I know what needs to be done. When a painting is already good,things are much more difficult and sometimes you have to sacrifice and rework previously finished, precious areas to make it better.

[ … ]

Subject Matter

It takes time to find an image, make a successful painting from it, trust and understand the source and develop a sense of ownership. An image has to transcend its specificity and relate to an audience when it leaves an artist’s studio in a reworked form. How will a figurative painting be perceived or read?

And finally, from Masakatsu Kondo:

On the role of painting

Art is never hemmed-in by a subject, it is an opportunity for travelling into images. I keep visiting the gallery to look at them intensely to confirm what’s there … what I can feel instead of what I can read. Paintings force you to have a physical relationship in space as well as involving you, forcing you to check details, layers and senses.

Masakatsu Kondo, Tree Black and Orange, 2015

My most recent previous post from this book is here.




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