Douglas Florian, So quick bright things, oil on wood, 25 x 24 inches, 2011 (courtesy of the artist)
Daniel Galas photo blogs his visit to the studio of painter Douglas Florian.
Galas writes that Florian "often uses gessoed brown paper bag to paint on. He almost exclusively uses this surface for creating drawings, but has chosen to do most of his paintings on wood... Sometimes on wood that he has found and sometimes on wood that he has bought new. However, both his paintings and drawings express a love for texture, abstracted form, humor, and centered composition."
Paintings shouldn't simply be seen, they should change the viewer, suspend him or her in an altered moment. A recent visit to exhibitions by Adolph Gottlieb, Ron Gorchov, and Douglas Florian proved one's sense of time and place can, indeed, be altered by a colored surface.
As part of her series exploring color in painting, Joanne Mattera blogs about the recent exhibition Douglas Florian: Dawn Thieves at Bravin Lee Programs, New York.
Mattera writes: "The color is... largely dry and flat, now fabulously textured, and highly chromatic thanks to Florian's propensity toward complementary hues. As before, the works are modestly sized--larger than miniatures but not bombastically overblown. Installed in a row at eye level, they are the right height and size for you to stand close and embrace each one visually. From a distance with their lapis, jade and turquoise hues, they suggest nothing so much as a string of gemstones."
Mario Naves blogs about the work of Douglas Florian on the occasion of Florian's exhibition Dawn Thieves at BravinLee Programs, New York, on view through May 5, 2012.
Naves writes that "Florian creates heraldic images that simultaneously bring to mind the natural world, the Hebrew alphabet, Indian miniatures, graffiti and astronomical diagrams. Made with gouache and spare oddments of collage, the works are swiftly realized, but not always fast in final effect... Florian channels both the cosmic and the microcellular with breathtaking economy."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.