Recent Studies, 2021

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When working from a “subject” there is a tacit, physical transmission of verisimilitude as the hand or brush leaves traces that bring what is seen in the world to life on the surface of the painting. When working with another painting as the subject, a similar thing happens. It’s impossible to create a copy of an existing work. What happens is we find how our hand an eye respond to what we see before us. Working on an original painting is an open ended process. Nothing can show us what it’s supposed to look like or whether it is finished. Working from an existing work we can continually compare to see what has been captured and what is still missing as we look between our canvas and the original. I believe these elements are what make this process so rewarding. Once we’ve internalized what the study has shown us it then feeds and stimulates everything we do.

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Painting is in large part an exploration of how a visual field can be ordered with marks and pigments to produce a series of relationships that present us with visual facts. When these arrive at a level of coherence we feel as though we are confronted with a physical presence made up of forms arrayed in space and enveloped in air and played upon by light. The miracle of oil painting is when this realization lives in tension with the equally compelling fact that we are looking at a surface covered with marks and pigment.

Published by Antonio Dias

My work is centered on attending to the intersection of perception and creativity. Complexity cannot be reduced to any given certainty. Learning is Central: Sharing our gifts, Working together, Teaching and learning in reciprocity. Entering into shared Inquiry, Maintaining these practices as a way of life. Let’s work together to build practices, strengthen dialogue, and discover and develop community. Let me know how we might work together.

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