Artist A Westerberg

An example of fine art by A Westerberg

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.aaronwesterberg.com

  • Year Born: 1974

  • Price Range: $95.00 - $18,000.00
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The Artist Says:

One of the most important aspects of drawing and painting is the effect of light. I'm less interested using too many symbols in a storyline that might be connected with the subject than I am about the way light establishes relationships between shapes, values, and colors.  I want to let the viewer determine the story.


Aaron Westerberg is an American painter whose graceful work has earned him a quietly passionate yet well deserved following. His work is constructed in the language of the coolly sensual aesthetics of late nineteenth century American painting, the somber gilded beauty of James McNeill Whistler, what we see in Westerberg is a similar way of working with luminous vibrant color, and tonality contrasted with matte areas of pigment. The contemporary artist notes his adoration of John Singer Sargent. The seemingly ease of his subjects remind me of Sargent, and it is interesting to note that Westerberg, like Sargent was trained in the studio of master painters (Jeffery Watts) and, and emerged a portrait painter of considerable skill and finesse.
In Westerberg’s paintings there is a perfected dance between abstract surface and realism,  a painterly indulgence with brush and pigment, that draws the viewer in, sumptuous paired with rigor in the atelier style.
Within, there is a powerful sensuality, somehow restrained by paint, by line and composition, and yet deeply feminine, the sensibility like that of Sargent’s notorious yet enduring work Madame X. You will see the similarities, and like me, I imagine, enjoy them….. ah the cool perfection of a Greco-Roman stance, the white skin like marble, the astonishingly arresting patterning made by great panels of color, emphatically yet intuitively laid out in an unerring harmony and disruption.
Often the search for painterly beauty is a complex journey, whether it is trying to capture the sublime on earth, or the achingly translucent skin of a model, an answer to one’s own spiritual questions, or the story of ambition. Overall the work has a classical form, and yet there remains a sense of the contemporary world, and an immediacy in the depth and warmth of tones and colour, even in the more monochromatic works.
 I am always after beauty [...]

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