I was recently interviewed by Giorgio Vaselli, head of the fledgling Energy Art Movement, whom i’ve been in contact with about joining as I feel a huge resonance with their vision. Here’s a description from their site:
Some paintings vibrate with energy. Impressionists like Monet tried to capture light. Futurists like Boccioni portrayed motion and speed. Expressionists like Van Gogh conveyed emotion and feeling. These qualities – light, speed, emotion – are variations of energy. Energy is one of the most ephemeral qualities to depict.
Energy may be indefinable but it is a universal concept. Some feel energy as a connection with another human being; some perceive it as the brightness or the heat of the sun on an astounding day. Others label energy as a destructive force while still others see it as the genesis of life. We all have an innate sense of the impact of energy.
Visual dynamism is the depiction of energy using color, form, and composition to create inventive and expressive works of art that resonate with impact and feeling. These are those works that pulsate with a mysterious force, whether it is a force beyond us or part of our own elemental humanity.
The Energy Art Movement was launched in May of 2008 by a group of artists collectively interested in raising the standards of artistic expression. They believe that visual dynamism – “Energy Art” – is a natural evolution of art trends that preceded it, particularly those trends which reflect the complexity of civilization. As technology and science hurtle us forward, the Energy Art Movement holds that art should do more than reflect our surroundings: it should aspire to capture the energetic essence of life.
This weekend I participated in the East Vancouver Culture crawl, arranging last minute to make use of a studio in Strathcona and share my work. I was a little off the beaten path, and not on the map, so getting people into the studio proved to be a bit of a challenge, but once there the response was excellent. It was really wonderful to share this technique and get people’s reactions to how the work was made.
As promised I’m posting my first video of how the paint looks as it’s flowing. Hope you enjoy!
The flow of lines within the calligraphic pieces of cuban artist Jose Parla remind me of the organic flow of fluids. I’m impressed with his mastery of form and flow and the scale of his billboard pieces. Definitely go check out his work…
My roomate just turned me on to the unbelievable works of Zdzislaw Beksinski. While a lot of his work is darker than my usual tastes, his mastery of texture is unparalleled, and I’m particularly drawn to his tidal pieces.
It’s always inspiring to find such a successful artist creating what I’ve come to term ‘process based’ works. I’m really enchanted by Ted Zourntos’ style and the compositions he is able to create. I find myself wishing I was in Toronto so that I could take a class or two with him.
I love playing around with colour schemes; every once in a while I really hit upon a new set of colours that just work. The fiery internal glow of this set is one of my favourites, and i’ve posted five new images in the gallery for you to check out.
Like many others I’m sure, I find Darren Waterston’s work incredibly evocative and inspiring. The masterful fusion of organic flow and impeccable detail is stunning. Definitely looking forward to an opportunity to view these works in person…
I had the opportunity to paint again last weekend, hunched in the garage over my paint and tiles as the sun shone down outside. It’s a funny association, but when the sun is shining I feel the call to paint. I’m sure it’s a remnant of when I didn’t have proper lights and relied on sunny days off to get the proper lighting I need.
Based on a conversation I had with my love about what she’s looking for in a piece, I revised my approach, particularly in how I ‘framed’ these images, trying to create a sense of object or depth within the flow.
I’m quite happy with the results, and it’s opened up my mind in terms of input from other sources, so I’m going to pose the question: Which pieces are you attracted to and why?