The Honesty of Black & White

The Honesty of Black & White
Street Jig, 2015, 29 x 22", Casein on Paper Within the last year, more predominantly, I've been enamored by the embrace of black & white for its grace, transcendence and naked honesty. There is nowhere to hide in the reduction of color, no subjective leanings in associations with hue both in creator or viewer, just push and pull with elegance of mark. When color is reduced there is a starkness of intent. Often when there is a need to refresh the creative process, I strip back to the elemental. It… continue reading »

Trauma to the Collective Soul

Trauma to the Collective Soul
We are transmutable, permeable, ephemeral, swimming energy, not separate, not dual, but one. You intuit this, even if you don't acknowledge it in thought. We can ignore, turn away, judge, but we can not escape effect. What happens there, happens here. The brutality and damage of ignorance begets as much ripple as the most powerful love. I do not close myself to others suffering, nor do I shy away from its expression in my art. My process is rarely pre-led by intention, rather intention arises through an openness to connection.… continue reading »

Pushing the Continuum

Pushing the Continuum
Paul King - In The Glare of Vanquished Time, 2013 The "Perceptual Painter" gives much weight to the notion that our age is becoming desensitized, that we lack an attunment of the senses and that there is a necessary training towards this end with its interpretation through paint, that in fact, this should utimately be the source from which the highest art is derived. He believes this is 'mans art', and over there is 'Gods art'. But that separation, any separation, is an illusion. We are not 'in here' painting… continue reading »

Forward in Catalog of Muhlenberg Show

Forward in Catalog of Muhlenberg Show
Recent Paintings by Paul King "I visited Paul King’s studio in the summer of 2011, and found an artist deeply immersed in the dialogue of abstract painting. Evident in just about every work of art made by King is a back-and-forth conversation between the impulse to hold onto the tangibility of representation on one hand, and a process-oriented, gestural mode of Dawn at Black River, 2012, 36 x 48", Oil on Linen abstract painting on the other. To engage with King’s painting is to participate in an endlessly fascinating dialogue… continue reading »

New Solo Exhibtion

New Solo Exhibtion
This past year has been momentous. Lots of energy flying about and the result is a new show of mine at the Martin Art Gallery in the Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College in Allentown. The exhibition contains about thirty new works mostly from late 2011 - 2012. My work is expanding into larger formats and dancing on a taught line between metaphor and provocative association. My intention is teasing the viewers imagination into realms not seen but deeply felt on an essential level. The show runs from June… continue reading »

The Devil Is In The Details

The Devil Is In The Details
Velazquez, Juan de Pareja, 1650 Detail. What does it mean? We tend to think of it as small parts, articulated bits that add flavor. As the saying goes, "The Devil is in the details", which interestingly comes from an older phrase, "God is in the detail", meaning, details are important. But in painting, I would suggest that the word should be liberated from its cliched context and our definition not be limited to finessed particulars of description. In short, detail is what or where the artist brings the viewers attention,… continue reading »

A Matter of Surface

Detail, Empty Handed Leap
Paul King - detail, Empty Handed Leap Common word, complex subject. Painters deal with surface every time they apply a mark. But the real understanding of this subject is an issue that seems to be less and less appreciated along with the understanding that first and foremost, painting is a visual experience. In oil painting, 'surface' refers to the quality of the paint, its texture, transparency/opacity, luminosity and viscosity. What creates the variety of experiences is in how the painter manipulates his brush, what kind of brush or tool is… continue reading »

‘A Beautiful Mystery’

'A Beautiful Mystery'
Awakening, 2011, Oil on Linen, 36 x 36" This is the title of my show at Seraphin Gallery at 1108 Pine St. in Philadelphia. The show runs from April 29th till the end of June, 2011. Two and a half years of work is represented revealing exciting new directions. I'm appreciative of Tony and Lorraine Seraphin for including both monotypes and oils because the language between the two has been pivotal in my recent development. My work has naturally evolved towards abstraction. I have always been enthralled with the interface… continue reading »

Motherwell 1, “the more anonymous a work. . .”

Motherwell 1, "the more anonymous a work. . ."
Elegy to the Spanish Republic, No. 126 "The more anonymous a work, the less universal, because in some paradoxical way, we understand the universal through the personal". This is the first in a series of reflections and musing on Robert Motherwell's writings. Motherwell was one of the foundational abstract expressionists and was pivotal in forming the New York School in the forties and fifties. Aside from his work being profoundly influential, he was a brilliant writer and became in a sense, the literate voice of his generations experience and artistic… continue reading »

Hungu

Hungu
Beauty in simplicity. The life cycle seen with great clarity and elegance.… continue reading »

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