Paul Looney Art

Artist Statement

 

While my work is representational, I continue to be influenced most by impressionists. For me, it is not so much a question of faithful representation of images but using visual tools (color, line, mass, texture) to create a spontaneous record of my feelings at the moment of creation. Through my work, we will connect (the artist and the viewer), regardless of my intent. If I (the artist) am successful, the viewer (upon encountering my creation) will share my sensations and an unspoken understanding will occur between us.

 

Biography

 

After a long absence from the studio, I have finally returned to my original passion: painting.  Throughout an extended career in theatre, my visual sense proved to be my most dynamic (and expressive) tool so it was only natural that (given the chance) I would ultimately return to painting.  This website gives me, the painter, a more personal way to share my view of the world while continuing my “conversation” with audiences.

 

Drawing on a vast inventory of images that interest and move me, I strive to depict them in ways that illuminate the reasons for my attraction.  While my work is, on the main, representational, I would hardly consider myself a realist.  I am most influenced by impressionists.  For me, it is not so much a question of faithful representation of images but using visual tools (color, line, mass, texture) to create a complete and honest record of my feelings.  Through my work, we will connect (the artist and the viewer) regardless of my intent.  If I (the artist) am successful, the viewer (upon encountering my work) will share my sensations and an unspoken understanding will occur between us.

 

Presently, I am drawing inspiration from travels around the world from Europe to Asia and Africa. I use photographs and sketches, gathered on these travels, as resources.  I’m particularly interested in off-beaten paths or familiar vistas from unexpected points of view.  I also get satisfaction in drawing and painting the human form; particularly dancers in unguarded, private moments.  I feel one of my strongest and most expressive tools is color…vibrant, rich color.  I also enjoy exploring texture and feel the tactile quality of a medium is an important contributor to the viewer’s experience.  Of singular importance to me, however, is the notion that my work must be painterly illustrating a personal point of view.  I hope my work interests you and brings you joy!

     haven't always been able to globe trot for the benefit of my art. Throughout my prior career of 30 years in theatre a visual sense always proved to be my most dynamic (and expressive) tool so it is only natural that it helps me excel in my return to painting. I strive to depict scenes in ways that illuminate the reasons for my attraction.

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