"Paintings from the 1970's"
The Painter begins to document his work in 1970. This is the year he found his identity as an artist and first considered his paintings to be independent of his student work. There are three phases in the development of his paintings over the last forty years, and this exhibition presents significant works in the development of the first stage.
The three phases of his development can be characterized as follows: beginning in 1970, into the early 1980s the paintings developed into an actualized object in which the paintings image identity was the actual object on the wall. The paintings went from presenting a vertical image in the illusion of atmospheric light, to the full realization of the material fact of the painting on the wall. The intent was to bring forth the concrete actuality of the thing itself.
The second phase runs from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. The issue became finding the color identity of the painting; that is, to find its emotional personality-what the Painter refers to as "Portraits of Painted Color." Sometime in the late 1990s, he began to search out the light of the paint and is currently working on large-scale yellow paintings that celebrate the natural light of the day. In the simplest of terms, the progress of his painting is an evolutionary development of a single image to reveal the clarity and full disclosure of the form itself.
The five paintings from the 1970s presented in this exhibition show the development through the artistic issues of their day with the unique understanding of the Painter.
Joseph Marioni, June 2011