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Minneapolis MN US
Updated: 2021-05-29 07:44:42


GLENN GRAFELMAN     Artists Statement

I am an artist that paints. My paintings are non-representational in one sense yet based on my experiences, both physical and spiritual. Occasionally, these paintings present pictorial space, figure/ground relations, and even a semblance of the horizon. However, my paintings are not landscapes, nor contain intentionally rendered abstract impressions of objects. I understand my paintings, not as an amalgamation of art movements, nor some hybrid of painterly appropriations, but rather a personal challenge to formalist ideas of picture making.

Over the past decade, my paintings have been moving away from hard geometrical shapes. Most recently, I prefer the physicality of the paint and gestural compositions to reveal themselves through a direct oneness between myself and the activity of painting. I have come to believe that formal pictorial reduction in abstraction is somewhat impersonal, not exactly pure. Years of painting abstractly has brought me to the conclusion, in part, that working from within is purity. 

As for future artistic directions, my paintings will further explore the spontaneous instinctual approach to painting, yet maintain physical and spiritual underpinnings. Aspects of the painted line is a major thread connecting my oeuvre. Specifically how line demonstrates my physical well being and spiritual condition at any given moment, amidst painting. This strategy is honest and akin to the creative I have grown to be. I revel in the activity of building or rather creating an oil painting where self-imposed boundaries are slowly pared away as one matures.