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  • "To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim" - Oscar Wilde

    "I paint what I see, child." - Gahan Wilson

    "I don't know a thing about art but I know what I don't like" - Roqueforte P. Sweatly.
    On a mild New York City summer night in the late 1940s Cuban Vanguardia painter Antonio Gattorno walked with his wife Isabel and her sister Lucille Cabral to the Gattorno's home at #10 Downing Street in Greenwich Village. They'd been to a party near Columbia University and preferred walking to riding the subway. As they strolled Gattorno saw a fire hydrant bathed in moonlight between a pair of parked cars. A baby bonnet perched atop the hydrant. The ties of the infant's chapeau fluttered in the evening breeze. Antonio stopped and pointed it out to his companions. "Paint it now and you're painting from life. Pure surrealism from the natural world! If I painted this the critics would say Gattorno what the hell are you drinking to see such silly visions!"

    Lucille Cabral told me that story 50 years after it happened. I don't think Gattorno ever got around to painting the bonnet-wearing fire hydrant. It would have been one hell of a painting if he had.

    The element of the tale which resonates for me is the revelation of pure surrealism residing in the most mundane locales of the natural world. I look for those things. I appropriate them. I synthesize them. I abstract and redefine and distill these surreal components of the real world into my paintings to produce images of surreal and symbolic absurd expressions of narrative kitsch.

    In the newest phase of my work I continue to experiment with re-establishing a plastic esthetic unbounded by the confines of any singular "ism" or school of artistic philosophy. I seek, collect and assemble into a visual vocabulary images easily imbued with express or implied meaning, determined, altered and defined by set and setting. I create pictures that achieve a unified field, generating a narrative flow of light, color and form with the same adherence to the principles of rhythm, meter and beat demanded by musical or poetic composition.
    Image credits: Photo by Pamela Anderson... Sketch Book Study, Chaotic Intent, Chaotic Intent, Too & View In Perspective Of A Purple Sunset by Sean Poole
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