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Artist Greg Budwine


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The Artist Says:


Living in a large city, my contact with nature is limited. I do not regularly encounter beautiful open vistas of land. As an artist I have learned to be attentive to beauty in a smaller, microscopic way such as noticing certain patterns or how sunlight rakes across a surface. These incidents act upon my imagination as visual epiphanies in the sense that for a brief moment they take me outside of my immediate surroundings. It is the essence of those moments that stay with me and that I try to capture in my paintings.
 
I believe that a painting re-presents the familiar everyday world to us in a manner that allows us to experience it in a new and deeper way. What we normally encounter as fleeting and in constant change is seen in a state of permanence and order. The style I paint in is normally considered to be realism, but my primary interest is the surface of the painting. Typically the depth of space in my paintings is shallow with no reference to horizon or vanishing point. The background acts as a field, not just as negative space. Light is used to bring in a sense of illumination versus just giving volume to form. Texture evokes the essence of each area in the painting; it's uniqueness. I want the whole surface of the painting to be imbued with presence and meaning.




Biography


Greg Budwine was born in Houston, Texas in 1963. He studied painting at the Glassell School of Art MFAH in Houston. Much of his training in drawing and painting came from his father who worked as a commercial illustrator for over 40 years. His background includes book illustration, mural painting, and fine art. He has  been commissioned to do numerous art projects for private residences through out Central and Eastern Texas.  
 
ARTIST'S STATEMENT
 
 Living near a large city, my contact with nature is limited. I do not regularly encounter beautiful open vistas of land. So I have learned to be more attentive to the beauty and mystery of smaller occurrences; such as patterns of color and shadows, or how sunlight rakes across a surface. These incidents act on my imagination as visual epiphanies, momentarily taking me outside of my immediate surroundings. It is the essence of such moments that stay with me and that I try to capture in my paintings. Although I work in a style that renders the subject matter of each picture immediately recognizable, my primary interest is the surface and overall mood of each painting. My objective is that each be imbued with a sense of presence and feeling.
 

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