expressionism

Art, Nature & Soul #16

I love a road trip, heading down the highway, an adventure to destinations unknown. Growing up, I remember my family driving all over the country on various trips. Mostly camping, or visiting family, although sometimes they would be to explore historical sites. As I grew older, hopping on the train, or taking off in my car seemed second nature. To this day I still get that adrenaline rush of anticipation as I turn up the music, have the camera ready and hit the road.  Life is about the journey, not the destination.

During this time frame I was taking representational subjects and breaking them down unto their abstract forms. Dripping and splattering the paint attempting  to control the chaos. Besides having a vivid color palette, which colors I applied first became crucial to the dynamic dimensional aspects conveyed. Putting the sky in last, allowed the blue to drip across the entire landscape creating layers of depth.

These artworks seemed to have a theraputic value, a cathartic aspect to them, plus they were so fun to do. As always feel free to comment.

'Meditations 8, the road trip, 22"x10" acrylic on linen, (yr. 2011) in private collection    

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Art, Nature & Soul #7

One of my favorite authors/thinkers once quipped, that the problem with abstract art is that it doesn't have a horizon line. Kurt Vonnegut also said and I quote, "I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center."

As more of an outsider artist, which is to say, an artist with very little formal training and making their way through the conformitities of the day, I'm more experimental in approach. As a boy of 12, I remember wanting for that eureeka moment and thinking that true art must be created in a vacuum. I doodled and drew often, mostly the people around me. Da Vinci, Dali, Van Gogh, Carravagio, & Pollock, were and are my primary artists of interest, as a child and young adult. 

From caricatures to realism, to the more surreal and impressionism, and on to post-impressionism and expressionism, I've created in pencil, pen & ink, soft pastel, clay, oil, acrylic, and a multitude of various fusions of mediums, exploring the possibilities.  Always with the idea in mind that I too could fuse ideas together into a single approach.

With this idea in mind, over a decade ago I began to blend my representational and abstract ideas together. This piece is one of the results of the process of bringing these ideas together. It is done in acrylics in a drip and splatter approach that is layered in a multitude of glazes. It is, I believe, one of my successful works of abstract with a horizon line.

Please feel free to comment.

'The Edge' 60"x48" acrylic on canvas by Richard Sperry

  

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Art, Nature & Soul #5

I created this piece in 1997 and it has hung in my home since then. It still intrigues, holds my attention and seems to be telling, conveying a truth, of my own inner mystery. While I took many art classes growing up, I found myself constantly experimenting with the various mediums and had not sought or received much formal training. However, when I was younger, in my teens & 20s, I had it in my head to become a portrait painter and found myself taking a Rembrandt style painting class at the S.A.I.C. The palette was limited, was a great learning experience, with a fabulous teacher, as a plus, a Goya Exhibit was going on and I loved the history/story telling nature of his work. 

Soon after, I created this piece. Often times if an artist changes style to style to rapidly its thought they do not know who they are as an artist.   The fact is, that is, my truth is,  that a duality exists in myself and I'm simply not inclined or compelled to destroy it in the name of image. In other words, in the words of Donnie and Marie, "I'm a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll." (obscure reference #1) While over the years I have refined my vision, I will always continue to experiment and be surprised when they go well.

This is a mixed media piece, that many persons have wanted to acquire, but I simply can't part with it, at any price. (Well, we'll see. Ha!) The many, many layers and various mediums create a field of depth and color shift that's uncanny. Depending on the type of light and it's intensity the painting actually changes from cool to warm and not all at once or as a constant. but as a growing evolving entity in its luminosity. Years ago it inspired this thought,~

    "Art, like the night sky, whether abstract or representational, invites us to imagine, participate and create stories. As we view and gaze endlessly, subtle changes in our perception and vision transforms what we see, at the speed of light, in our minds eye."

~Richard Sperry 

'Infinity & Chaos' 1997,  48"x36" mixed media on canvas.

 

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