What Compels An Artist to Create?
Artists find their inspiration and unique processes from such diverse sources as nature, human nature, universal symbols, iconography, color, fantasies, their emotions and more.
We asked some of our Artist members what sparks their creativity and I think you will be intrigued by their answers.
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New Zealand artist Keith Morant travels and exhibits internationally. His new series of works are based on the circle. Morant states, “In scientific and metaphysical thought the circle is the most important and universal of all symbols. It stands as the greatest illustration of microcosmic and macrocosmic unity and its strong correlation between mystical ideology and recent discoveries in quantum physics is irrefutable. Implicit in its symbolism are many other important human manifestations such as the wheel, the ring, the disk, the clock, the ouroborus, the zodiac, etc.”
For Mason Mansung Kang, his personal beliefs have influenced the kind of paintings he creates. “I, as a Christian, thank God for the creation of this beautiful world and for allowing us to be able to feel, see, touch, and even own these ‘Beauties’ of the world. I think this ‘Beauty’ originally comes from various mysterious sources of ‘light’ by which we all can see anything exists in the world. The dramatic combination of light and shadows always enraptures me and lures me to paint it on the canvas.”
“Meditation and music are vital influences in my work. Each breath, each brushstroke, each note brings me back to the present moment of now. A space where the past and present no longer exist and new experience prevails. Nothing in my works is computer generated or constructed prior to painting. I am drawn to the simple life of monks and they’re absolute dedication to live in the present without the encumbrance of surplus ‘things’”.
Denisa Prochaszka won the First Place Featured Artist Award in the Manhattan Arts International “HERStory 2017” exhibition. The Czech-born artist, who currently lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada explains what initially inspired her: “The necessity to create a form in my hands out of earth resembled something divine, an unspoken element of the hidden nature of what it is to be human, and the psychological portrayal of what it means to be a female. I felt the need to portray feelings, needs and a visual conversation within the sublime. Symbolism transcends the physical into the spiritual realm.”
“When I was around 5 or 6 years old my mother would draw pictures of birds to keep us quiet. I grew up in the country in Tennessee and all of my spare time was spent walking in the woods searching out bugs, plants and anything else that was alive. Those childhood days spent with nature is brought alive every time I put a brush stroke down on paper. All of my paintings are derived from nature.”
“I have created a new concept of the ‘still life’ working with pastels on paper and photography. After photographing my ‘stills’, the photograph is used as a reference to complete the final drawing. My newest series, which I refer to as ‘assemblages’, actually incorporates the photograph into the pastel. These dynamic, layered assemblages allow the viewer to enter my world of color, light, dimension and beauty from a different perspective. They are the culmination of many carefully executed steps that define my distinctive creative process.”
Gail Postal has won top awards for her graphite and oil paintings. Tsering, shown above, received The Phillip G Paratore Memorial Award in the National Society of Artists 32nd Annual National Show in Galveston, Texas. Postal states, “I do a graphite drawing and then add gold paint and many layers of transparent oil or acrylic paint to create an icon of a contemporary ‘saint.’ I have had two major influences on my work – old hand tinted black and white Japanese photographs and Russian Orthodox icons.”
Charlotte Shroyer paints intense and expressive images of the human face in the context of the universal human experience and historical events. Her contemporary paintings and monotypes reflect her passion for exploring the mind and soul of humanity. She states, “I am inspired by the world—its people, archaeology, and cultures. My favorite authors (i.e., Pamuk, Durrell, Pynchon, Vargas Llosa, and others), who explore duality of personality — what the individual shows to the world and what remains hidden to the world — influence what appears on my canvas.”
“My process is like carving a sculpture, with the edges of my fingers forming lines to define shapes and reveal serendipitous relationships — not unlike physically placing individual elements as in a paper collage — except I do this through masking, blending and mimicking established photographic techniques like solarization or vignetting. Each piece is meticulously crafted with these and other ingredients, using direct touch to form a hierarchy of narrative.”
MORE TO COME…