Beauty ... is found in relationship, in dialogue and balance.
Featured Artist Robert Maynord
Against the Wind, 12.5” x 11.5"
One of the noteworthy aspects of Robert’s work is the attention he pays to the physical process and materials of his paintings. He makes his own paint, using pigment and other media ingredients such as oil of spike lavender, bees wax and sometimes copal from South America. This allows him to vary his paint from extremely thin and transparent to thick and grainy. He makes his own frames, and backs his linen canvas with 1/8” birch ply.
Robert’s philosophical ideas on art are drawn from Systems Theory and Process Theology. In his understanding, artistic creativity is an interplaying balance of chance and necessity, entropy and negentropy, novelty and confirmation, chaos and order. Robert comments: “Beauty is not some quality inherent in an object, but is found in relationship, in dialogue and balance. Beauty evokes desire. It crosses every boundary and transcends every division, including that between the transcendent and the immanent. Art is thus the eternal process of creative emergence from the interplay of opposites, where we reach beyond the limited horizon in search of the whole.”
Robert works to arrange subject matter in a way that expresses some truth about life, about what it means to be human in a less than perfect world. He believes that beauty and sublimity are essential ingredients of life. He uses the technical tools of drawing and composition in combination with insights into color, pattern, form and line to create art that expresses a sense of meaning in life and a view of the world more hopeful, positive. It is in this way that Robert strives to contribute something beautiful and wonderful to the world.
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