Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 5

Painting 5 – 2012
Acrylic on Styrofoam board
14″ X 14″

When I work, I work very fast,

but preparing to work

can take any length of time.

CY TWOMBLY 1928 – 2011

Cosmic twin?  The shadow I stand in.  Who is Cy Twombly?  I remember the first time he was mentioned to me in graduate school at the University of Miami.  I was shown one example of his work; the only one I’ve ever looked at.  I didn’t want to be influenced by him or his work.  But, I seem to always be compared to him.  For example, in an art review from 2011, “…several abstract paintings that owe something to Cy Twombly’s scribble work, but become Fortier’s own in his clean, regimental treatment.”  This isn’t the first time.  What vexes me most is how two people could work almost exactly alike.

I have read his quotes however and they reveal almost the same approach and philosophy, which as amazing as it is also perplexing.  He said, “I sit for two or three hours and then in 15 minutes I can do a painting, but that’s part of it. You have to get ready and decide to jump up and do it; you build yourself up psychologically, and so painting has no time for brush.”  I’ve avoided his work and averted my eyes when it was around.  Yes, I really do want to look!

Posted on: 06/08/2012, by :
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