Star Eyes

Shelton Walsmith | United States



30" h x 24" w x 1" d


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    Art Description:

    Alternative photo shows Star Eyes published in Pomegranate London magazine. When the painting is sold a copy of the magazine is included in shipment. Star eyes is an amalgam of figuration and gestural abstraction suspending visual tension and refusing a single interpretation. Balance, weight and push/pull formalism remain active issues at play here while a Dadaist collage aesthetic infuses both humor and violence into an image contrasting poised innocence with explosive mayhem. "Hans Hofmann demonstrated how to “push a plane in the surface or to pull it from the surface” to create pictorial space. “We must create pictorial space,” he declared to audiences of avid young artists and critics, including Arshile Gorky, Clement Greenberg, and Harold Rosenberg. Hofmann would later refine his definition of push and pull as “expanding and contracting forces . . . . the picture plane reacts automatically in the opposite direction to the stimulus received; thus action continues as long as it receives stimulus in the creative process. Push answers with pull and pull with push.” -Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).

    Medium Used: Oil on Paper

    Shelton Walsmith | United States

    A body of work should not be a cadaver evidencing life that was but rather the flash-point for life which ignites anew on each renewed encounter.