Artist Thomas Torak
Some artists paint in prose, some paint in poetry. Some artists paint facts, some paint metaphor. Some artists paint light and shade, some paint luminosity. Some artists paint space, some paint atmosphere. Some artists design, some compose. Some artists paint tones, some paint color. Some artists paint what they see, some paint what they perceive. Some paintings speak, some sing. Some artists paint to live, some artists live to paint.....
Luminosity, atmosphere, poetry, craftsmanship, joy, life. These are the cast of characters in my paintings. Most artists use light, color and design to express what they want to say about the objects in their paintings, I do just the opposite in my work. I use subject matter, apples, flowers, trees, mountains, portraits and nudes to explore the possibilities of light and space and poetry. Some artists paint in prose, some paint in poetry. There are artists who feel the more details they paint, the more accurately they describe something, the more successful their painting will be. Others, like myself, prefer to express things in the most elegant way possible. Often it is not what is said but how it is said that makes a painting successful. Some artists paint facts, some paint metaphor. Many artists say what they need to say very directly so that the viewer cannot misinterpret their work. I like to have an air of mystery about my paintings. There are often layers of meaning or multiple possible interpretations. Some artists paint light and shade, some paint luminosity. Light and shadow are necessary to define what we are looking at and reveal form. Luminosity not only describes the light striking the object but explores the quality of the light. The objects in the painting become not only lit but illuminated. Light creates the life force in the painting and [...]
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