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“I
challenge myself in every painting,” says
Mairi
Budreau
. “The challenge is to interpret what
I find hidden or beaming, beautiful, notable and
genuine or raw in a soul living in a physical body.”
In paintings that she calls “man-scapes,” the artist
uses the male figure as her subject, and her skill
at depicting these figures in a way that is at once
realistic and expressive gives her works warmth
and physicality in equal portions.
Using a palette that consists mostly of yellows and
browns, Budreau captures scenes that look as if
they had been captured by firelight. The artist is an
experienced carver and painter of wildlife images,
and those skills are brought into play in these
paintings. She has a strong sense of sculptural form,
using light and shadow to depict bodies that have depth and dimension. In addition, she is good at capturing the various
textures of skin, flesh and hair, giving her work a tactile quality. Her compositions mix a reserved, rather objective stance
with an intimacy that draws the viewer toward her subjects. But the physicality of these figures is just part of the story.
“”The work takes on the form of portraiture,” she says, “while I dig for that which is deeper.”
El Matador Oil on Canvas 13” x 19.5”
Mairi Budreau
F
or
Mark Tomczak
, color, texture, and pattern are not static, but
porous layers that shift and blend over the course of a painting.
Though he was originally a realist painter, Tomczak took up abstraction
four years ago and immediately began playing with dimensionality and
the movement of paint in his work. His paintings begin with a base of
fluid color, through which all the subtle and vibrant tones of the rainbow
flow.
Within the thickness of his paint, Tomczak creates textures — scratching
streaks or dripping trickles — that sometimes clash and sometimes
augment one another. To manipulate the acrylic paint, he uses trowels,
window tint applicators, and other unconventional tools. The visibility
of motion is as much a compositional element as hue or light. Tomczak
also allows his patterns a great deal of repetition across the plane of the
painting, as if to suggest the passage of time and the advancement of
the eye. His work demands the attentiveness of study, but invites the
reverie of exploration.
Mark Tomczak was born in Buffalo, New York and today lives in Hawaii.
In his art, he says, “I always try to leave room for the viewer’s imagination
to run free.”
Summer Party
Acrylic with Gold on Canvas 30” x 20”
Mark Tomczak
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