May 31, 2016
Blog 38

 

FANTASTIC REALISM

by Rick Simpson

PRIMARY GENRE: FANTASTIC REALISM

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Great art is the work of the entire being, body and soul. It is the inspiration of the artist's knowledge and emotion that breathes life into ink, paper and other media. Without it, art ceases to be anything more than decoration. Aesthetic, emotional or spiritual value derived from art results from self-discovery. This is the essence of my artwork and philosophy. My artwork is primarily intuitive, characterized by innovation and experimentation. My themes involve personal and current social issues, but also include whimsical and interpretive elements from nature, both real and imagined.

I draw from my subconscious to express myself in dreamlike images emerging from a stream of consciousness.

I received my Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking at the University of Oregon in 1993, where I taught lithography for three years as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. My primary genre is Fantastic Realism, a movement begun in Austria in 1948. It combines the imagination of Surrealism and the painterly aspects of The Old Masters. My artwork is greatly influenced by a 12-year residence in Europe, where I absorbed artistic genres from contemporary abstract expressionism to Old Masters. Also, many years living and traveling in the Middle East and Asia expanded my exposure to international art movements.

TECHNIQUE:

I have been using PhotoPaint for more than 20 years to create my artwork. I don't use photo manipulation or a copy/paste technique; each part of an image is originally painted with a brush tool. I have a large library of self-created images that I can draw from so I don't have to 'reinvent the wheel' for each new image. Each image is printed using the giclée method, with archival paper and inks. My finished works are mounted on board and glazed with acrylic gel. This gives them the appearance of oil paintings.

COMMENT:

"All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly the soul," John Ruskin says in "The Stones of Venice."

It is the inspiration of the artist's knowledge and emotion that breathes life into ink, paper and other media. Without it, art ceases to be anything more than pure decoration. Aesthetic, emotional or spiritual value derived from art results from self-discovery. For Rick Simpson, this process is purely intuitive, not planned in advance. His imagery comes from visions and dreams. He draws from his subconscious to express himself in dreamlike images emerging from a stream of unconsciousness.

Fantastic Realism, as an Art Movement, involves imagery that combines the painterly techniques of the Old Masters' realism with religious and esoteric symbolism and metaphors.

Rick Simpson's website

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MUSEUMS, COMMUNITIES, GALLERIES

Digital Art Gallery Online
Digital gallery of best pictures and photos from portfolios of digital artists.

Digital Art Served
Top work in categories such as computer graphics, matte painting, digital painting and photo manipulation.

Soho Arthouse (Soho Gallery For Digital Art)
Event space, gallery, tech, film screening room, product launches, pop-up, fashion week, charity art shows in NYC.

DAM - Digital Art Museum
Museum and gallery

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art is a contemporary gallery in downtown LA dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, new media, digital video.

DeviantART
Community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry / prose. Art prints.

Renderosity
Almost entirely 3D rendered art from such programs as 3DS Max, Maya, Lightwave and others.

Museum of Computer Art
Nonprofit US educational corporation chartered by the NYS Department of Education.

Digital Art Online
Online digital art exhibition space. Includes thematic exhibitions.

Museum of Digital Fine Arts
Spotlighting the most brilliant new artists of the modern age.

ART BY EVELIN JUEN (JUENARTS)

"Art is my life. Art allows me to express my feelings, to comment on social, political, philosophical, spiritual and aesthetic questions. It offers a way to show my love for all alive, my admiration for the wonders of nature and my destiny to bring positive, beautiful and true input into the world.

"It is important for me to create a poetic and mystic atmosphere in my artworks, not everything of the story I tell in my pictures is visible, it is always a secret in it and includes the wish, that the beholder gets involved deeper, by the feeling, that I try to deliver in my 'picturepoems'.

"Coming from traditional art sections, my creative curiosity leads me to explore the innovative methods of the digital world. They offer me to connect different of my skills, open new doors for inspiration and enable a playfully synergetic connection of history and future.

"I was invited from national and international museums, galleries and private artrooms to show my art."

Evelin Juen's website

Amaryllis by Evelin Juen

MORE IMAGES BY EVELIN JUEN

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