Artist Brandy Agun

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     I contemplate my recent work and recognize that I have slowly drifted  from the more realistic images I used to paint to a broader depiction of the world. There was a time I thought I would merrily march in the direction of the Renaissance masters drawing the figure rigorously and honing my skills as a figure painter.  While this subject still intrigues me I found myself growing increasingly attentive to the spaces people occupied, particularly their common, familiar everyday surroundings.  I began to understand that what truly interested me in painting was the color, the shapes, the light and the design.  What excites me is what something looks like far more than what something actually is.  And this discovery led me to paint interior and exterior spaces with or without figures and still lifes.  And it altered how I painted the figure as well.  It is the abstraction of things that I find fascinating and  the root of my vision.   
   I find seeing everything in terms of an abstract design the most exhilarating part of painting.  There is a place where representation and abstraction meet and it is an exhilarating endeavor for me to push that boundary allowing some of an image to be clearly understood and other parts more vague dissolving into a cacophony of interesting shapes and color.   It is coincidence that the abstract shapes, color and value happen to resemble something we recognize.  This becomes a game for me sometimes to pretend I don’t know what things are and to only paint the shapes I see objectively and honestly.  And it turns out this is precisely what it takes to paint a representational image.  But within the representational I try to find areas where I can dissolve into flat shapes, lose edges completely or express [...]

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