Small paintings

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

Abstract: Based on the idea of a sketch, the small gouache and watercolor beginnings included in this show are notations of an imaginary, idyllic world. Flavored with humor, my work represents a return to romantic painting. Using gouache and watercolor, singly or in combination, I paint with a large Japanese brush usually without preliminary drawings. Several different yet related paintings are started at the same time often on the same page so that I can provide more information about the image. By working in multiples, I am able to work through an obsession with variations on an idea and often achieve that image which best suits my sensibilities. I am interested in a variety of subjects, but the most frequently used is imaginary groupings of featureless women posed on a lawn or in a landscape. The women are anonymous, posed in awkward and humorous positions adding further to the shift of the levels of reality with which I am dealing. Primarily I am interested in the interaction of individual figures as they relate to others in the group through pose, color and shape. I pay attention to the intervals between the figures and the notation of simplified shapes indicating heads, arms and legs in order to balance the composition. Poses and beautiful women are formulated as shapes as I paint, making reference to numerous sessions of drawing and painting the nude model. My concerns are not anatomical, therefore models are not used.

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Language: English
Date: 1978

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