Painting within the realist tradition

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jeffrey Stumpf (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: The work I am presenting for this thesis exhibition results from my active observation of nature and the problems encountered when applying this observation to painting. Since correctness of observation, or keenness of perception is a large part of this process my work involves drawing and painting from life. Through drawing and the careful application of color I attempt to present a credible visual reality as I perceive it in nature. The subjects I chose for this investigation have no great significance. They are simple still-lifes or self-portraits. In the still-lifes my major concern is presenting the objects as velumetric shapes and placing them in correct relation to each other upon the horizontal plane on which they rest. In my self-portraits I use the same investigations of relative distances between points within space, except that these distances are not as great; I focus on a single volume within a more confined space. Through these investigations I have found that painting goes beyond the idea, or pictorial image of the objects or situation depicted. Instead it obtains a presence or sense of life of its own apart from the situation taking place in nature.

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Language: English
Date: 1978

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