I commence this latest series of paintings by using materials in a straightforward way. I begin by shaping material and continue by developing the form. As I respond to the tensions within each work, the mode of expression becomes more abstract. I then feel I can interact freely with forms with faith in my intuition and generate a more powerful artistic statement.
Much of the pictorial structure is based on color intensity and management of brushwork. As I ad layers of paint the colors and forms begin to declare themselves. This process develops the definition of space pared down to essentials.
My work represents the struggle to bring meaning from interaction of materials and processes. The work looks rapidly executed but each action is carefully studied before completion. Only when every part aids in the purpose of expression is the work finished.
– John Joseph Kolb