Paul Garland: TRIO – Three Related Painting Series

Paul Garland: TRIO – Three Related Painting Series

NON-OBJECTIVE ABSTRACTION

Modernist traditions of the 20th century have informed my art for many years and continue to do so. From large format watercolors on paper exhibited early in my career at the Everson Museum in 1981:

Everson Museum, 1981
Everson Museum, 1981
Everson Museum Triptych, 1981
Everson Museum Triptych, 1981

to smaller works recently presented at Axom Gallery in Rochester:

Axom Gallery, Rochester, NY
Axom Gallery, Rochester, NY
Paintings by Paul Garland at Axom Gallery, Rochester, NY
Paintings by Paul Garland at Axom Gallery, Rochester, NY

The rich core of modernist abstraction runs through my painting.

LANDSCAPE

I am fortunate to live and work in an beautiful geographical area. Fair Haven State Park is located only a few hundred yards from my home and studio in Fair Haven, N.Y.

When I retired from my teaching position at SUNY Oswego after thirty two years as a professor of art I had the opportunity to more fully appreciate the beauty of the park and began a routine of daily walks by the shore of Lake Ontario prior to starting work in the studio.

The more I walked the more fully I appreciated the beauty of the great lake, adjacent bay and pond, creek, hills, fields, animal life, woods. The ever changing  light and color effecting everything every day.

Soon I felt a strong desire to bring nature into my art practice. This ultimately lead to a series of landscape paintngs which are based on my direct observation of nature.

CONVERGENCE

The two works I am showing in FIFTY LANDSCAPES – This Is and This Remains – are part of a extended decade long series titled CONVERGENCE. The paintings from this series combine and juxtapose modernist abstraction with  specific landscape imagery I have experienced in the natural world.

THIS IS and THIS REMAINS
THIS IS and THIS REMAINS

THREE CONCURRENT PAINTING SERIES

For the past year my painting have primarily been focused on non-objective abstraction.

However my interest in nature and landscape painting continues.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The  third series, CONVERGENCE, has been mostly in the planning stage rather than active painting in recent months. I anticipate a return in the near future to the series that combines non-objective abstraction and landscape painting.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
This  TRIO of three distinct painting series; Non-Objective Abstraction, Landscape Painting and Convergence reflect my strong personal interests and essential aesthetic and conceptual concerns. They constitute a rich, varied, and fulfilling studio practice.

Stop by Main Street Arts to see Paul’s artwork in our current exhibition, Fifty Landscapes (runs through May 13). View his work online at www.paulgarlandart.com. Paul will also be having a solo exhibition at Axom Gallery during the fall of 2016.

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