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In the 1800s, the death of God and the invention of photography coincided with the dislocation of painting from the political, economic, and social roles it played for thousands of years. Since then, advancing technology has left painting on its own branch of the cultural evolutionary tree. Painting cannot compete with digital platforms in sharing information and ideas. Paintings sit quietly on a wall. If you wish to see one, you must travel to it.
Unlike the past, artists today aren't beholden to a style, government, or religious institution unless they choose to be. That is not to say the stakes have lessened for painting as an artform. Today, anyone can paint how they wish in the open. This freedom is the starting point, resulting in the plurality and multitude of content emerging on canvas today. The art world seems to be a prolific yet aimless producer of images.
What is the place of painting within this landscape?
As an artist, I strive to be more a guide than a preacher. I don't want my paintings to tell the viewer what to think. I want them to be an open invitation to think. I make them because I am curious and want to bring a vision to life. An amalgamation of experience, culture, time, and place. An excuse to do what ever I want.
In this way, art is a foil to the techno-narcotics we are addicted to and dictated by.
I hope you enjoy my pictures and find meaning and mystery in them.
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