14.07.14 - Janis Pryor and her color truths
I am lucky enough to be having a private show with my good friend and color maverick, Janis Pryor. It is true we both live in God’s country, among the small remote towns that speckle the foothills of the mountains. We both strangely have this love of the obscure French painter, De Stael.As strange circumstances always make the best partners in the art. Janis and I have
joined forces to show our Abstracts together this July 26th from 4-6 at M and D playhouse,in North Conway, NH.
th from Color is the subject of my work, primarily (but not exclusively) articulated by mediums not traditionally associated with abstract work, soft pastels and oil pastels.
The truth is artists are problem solvers to one degree or another. Questions drive my work. What constitutes the boundaries of beauty? At what point can you introduce an element of dissonance that:
- doesn’t compromise the integrity of the medium;
- doesn’t jeopardize the success of the work without having it succumb to the sentimentality of prettiness or become unintentionally decorative?
- How can you manifest emotion, and stir the viewer through color, without melodrama taking over?
- Can color become a form of visual poetry and transcend the theories that define it?
Over the years, my work has been influenced by the paintings of Mark Rothko, Jules Olitski, Helen Frankenthaler, Nicolas deStael, Morris Louis, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, the drawings of Rodin, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Gustav Klimt, and the architecture of LeCorbusier, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Robert A.M. Stern, Hugh Newell Jacobsen, and Sarah Susanka.
I’ve been making art since I was five. My formal studies began at the age of thirteen. I was accepted to the High School of Music & Art in New York City, and became an art major focusing on painting and architecture at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. I spent roughly thirty years helping “change the world” through professional employment in politics and media. Three years ago I returned to my first loves, the visual arts and writing. I teach “Drawing From Within” at Living From Within, the holistic health center located in Conway.