André Martinez Reed - Photo © 2015 Anthony Almeida
“Etudes in Liberation in Painting, Etc.: Hand, Heart, Mind and Rhythm"
I believe that spirit in art – the quality I call “soul expression” – is available to all seekers. I also believe that, as the great Margaret Meade observed, “It only takes a few dedicated citizens to change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.” We are living in estranged times dominated by limitation, conformity, surveillance, obedience and institutionalization.
I believe a great work of art captures a spirit that has been waiting to be called. In my creative process, I try to challenge myself to work as though I was a prehistoric man with only his experience, resources and imagination to bring to the situation, maybe a situation he was the first to encounter. As did Francis Bacon, I value trial and error, setting the stage for a picture to come into being. “The artist who surrenders to the universe the universe will remember,” Pisarro quoted.
It has taken me many years of study and practice to look not only at the blank canvas as a window onto a world, but at the world around me and my particular circumstances as a blank canvas with every struggle and knockdown regarded as an unexpected opportunity to do things differently in my quest to enlighten and to separate the useful from the waste and make my art.
Picasso always said a painter knows when to paint. I speak from long experience when I say that being at once an artist, musician, photographer, craftsman and former gallery director is very challenging. But my pursuits mingle well and my creative process never stops. If one approaches everything as an artist, then everything you do is art and creation. Insolvency motivated Rembrandt! His refusal to surrender was the foundation of his legacy.
I believe that if you dance with Destiny the angels will clear a path for you on your journey. I believe that the spirit of art is in the pursuit of truth and beauty and the embrace of the unknown! I believe that spirit in art – the quality I call “soul expression” – is available to all seekers. I also believe that, as the great Margaret Meade observed, “It only takes a few dedicated citizens to change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.”