Figure It Out
October 3 - 30, 2014
Georgia James Clarke and Julie Wende
This sampling of work represents my journey in self-awareness as an artist. The figure drawings and paintings come from several years of work in what began as practice in drawing. Consciously, I was seeking to capture a core gesture or line, some strong element that reflected the person or the pose. However, at the end of the day, after looking at one thing and drawing something else - I was either frustrated and confused or joyously amazed and baffled by the results that appeared. Slowly, I began to understand that I was unconsciously combining elements of the model with my own thoughts and feelings about the issues of my life. So different from my other creative endeavors, the figures took on an interesting life of their own. I am not sure that I could or would identify each idea that erupted from my inner self but they are a manifestation of an intimate dialogue ̶ Georgia James Clarke
A love of cartooning and doodling got me into illustration, and fashion illustration got me into painting the figure. I think of myself mainly as a portraitist, but the body and figure are often as expressive as the face. I love color and high-key paintings, and am ptroud to reference those painters who began as illustrators as my primary influences. I'm mostly a studio painter but enjoy painting on location, too. I really just love paint, juicy paint strokes, and putting in the mileage. I can see myself painting into old ladyhood.
I'm inspired by many contemporary representational artists working today, inluding Colin Page, Catherine Kehoe and especially Flint Reed. Early influences were Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Noman Rockwell. Fairfield Porter once said, "they (Art Schools) teach you composition, design and color, but they don't teach you anything about paint." -- Julie Wende