Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 19

Arctic Whaling Disaster – 1978
Acrylic on canvas
20″ x 16″

“To work for the market

is not always the right way.”

Vincent van Gogh 1853 – 1890


I’ve always struggled with the dark side of reality.  Maybe it’s one of the reasons that I’m an abstractionist instead of a realist.  My objective work has always tended to be dark, somber and sometimes surreal.  Why?  I don’t know.  Yet, in contrast, my subjective/abstract work engenders feelings of spirituality.

If I were to pursue this dark side would it sell better than my abstract work?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that I don’t want to go there regardless of whether or not the work is more salable.

The dark nature of my objective work stems from my fascination with either the moment just before the moment or, the one just after it.  That moment is usually an irreversible reckoning and it concerns me as to why I’m so fascinated by it.  That’s why I focus on my abstract work.  It doesn’t take me there.

Posted on: 18/10/2012, by :
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