The Conceptual Color
I WANT TO CAPTURE AN INDISCERNIBLE QUALITY.
I believe the sky is blue, lemons are yellow, and sunsets are red, but I know that they are colorless illusions that exist only in my mind. Our brains convince us of a lot of realities that are in fact not realities. As an artist I am interested in exploring life with this knowledge in mind.
Because all perception is an illusion I reject working from life, props or landscapes. Rather then work from observation of an illusion, like all figure painters and landscape painters of old, I begin in my own mind, working from memory and imagination. This results in multiple images being bent into new singular visions.
For example, with Happy Face I began with a recognizable graphic element, the happy face, and mix in visual elements of a three dimensional face, references to sea creatures and sun references. The final work is a unique visual experience that is seemingly common until the brain recognizes the discordance between 2 and 3 dimensional illusionism, hot and cold associations, as well as the subtle implications of pain and pleasure. Alone, the specific elements contrast with each other, the way black pigment contrasts with white pigment, but mixed together they create a new color - gray. Gray is not a color to me, it is an idea: a symbol for the world that exists between physical reality and perceived reality. GRAY is a philosophy.