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Klee-Mation by Séan Poole
 

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  • Online the day before yesterday I was paid a generous compliment. Diane Linn, a friend and fellow artist whose work I've long admired, said she saw in my painting elements reminiscent of Swiss surrealist Paul Klee.

    I logged off and took a look at my Chipps' - the Bible of modern art theory - and sure enough I had an old marker in page 182 - an essay by Klee which opens: " Art does not reproduce the visible; rather it makes visible. A tendency toward the abstract in art is inherent in linear expression: Graphic imagery being confined to outlines has a fairy like quality and at the same time can achieve great precision. The purer the graphic work- that is the more the formal elements underlying linear expression are emphasized - the less adequate it is for the realistic representation of visible things."

    I first became interested in Klee's work when I discovered his name in the catalog of the 1936 International Watercolor Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago while researching my book on Antonio Gattorno. Klee's surrealism is light years from the Dalinian spin on the genre, with an organic purity and a linear vigor I've long found appealing. Yesterday I composed this mixed media image on 9" x 12" sketchbook paper which I will reproduce on a canvas of considerable size. I titled it "Klee-mation". Thank you, Diane!
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    Image - Klee-Mation - Acrylic, ink & watercolor on 65# wove paper - signed & dated bottom left, titled on reverse.
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