Artist Michael Mote
My paintings represent a deep and spiritual connection with the ocean, nature, and/or the figure. In fact, other artist's have described my art as spiritual minimalism. These paintings reflect a feeling of space and mood instead of depicting specific places, things, or people; the subject is the mystery of life, and the timeless feeling of beauty that is above daily experience. My desire is to use color and abstracted shapes to create somethng beyond imitation or illustration, to awaken the viewer's imagination and allow him or her to connect to a quiet, meditative place. Major influences for me are the moody and etherial late works of Turner, the glowing and spiritual color fields of Rothko, and the spacial compositions of Diebenkorn. Even after many years, these artists still amaze and captivate me, but more importantly, their works direct me to another world, a world of beauty beyond the specifics of everyday life.
Painting for me is like a meditation in which time and space disappears as I move into the world of the painting. Lately, my working process has become increasingly less analytical and more responsive to an intuitive process. I abstract reality, and reveal the power of light, color and atmosphere to create an emotional mood. Instead of beginning a painting with a specific image, I start with a key, central emotion and mood, and memories that align with these. The concept is often vague at first, but clarifies as the painting develops, and I focus on the mood and react to what is on the canvas. I balance brushwork with ethereal fields of color and space, keep some areas relatively detailed while others are more mysterious and primarily atmospheric. This intuitive process allows a more spiritual element to fuse with the painting. I stop before I render the painting too clearly, always remembering to keep the subject loose and open to [...]
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