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Richard Feaster

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

My practice is grounded in the tradition of American twentieth-century abstract painting. I first began painting abstractly in the early 1990’s, producing works of minimal linear patterning and muted palette. Over the years I have developed a lexicon of painting techniques emphasizing the primacy of process. These latest works were begun outdoors by pouring large amounts of a solvent onto canvas and immediately spraying metallic silver paint into the active pools of liquid. The sprayed paint freezes in time the fluid shapes of liquid while also reacting against it, forming unpredictable areas of shadow, depth and reflection as it spreads out over the picture plane. Later, the canvases are developed further in the studio where additional spills, drips and pools of paint are collaged onto the surface of the paintings. The final images are, despite their energetically spontaneous appearance, a hybrid of painting and collage that are realized slowly over time through much consideration.

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