Size: 24"W x 18"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
The title of this piece has a lot to do with what inspired me to paint it. Although the image was sparked by a scene in an old French movie, the feeling was one that resonates with current experience and many memories. It may be cliche to talk about the importance of basic things in life, but like many cliches it is resoundingly true. It often doesn't matter what one is doing if that activity is in harmony with one's inner self and one's sense of self in the world. It's a bright sunny day in a beautiful environment during simpler times. Perhaps it is an illusion that simpler times were better. Nostalgia born out of the pressures of modern life. I don't feel the photograph does this painting justice. The richness and color and the impressionistic representation of literal objects all conspire to evoke those feelings. It is painted on a stretched canvas, and can be hung framed or unframed.
Winner 2nd 2017 ArtSlant International Awards Showcase Painting Juried Winner 1st 2015 ArtSlant International Showcase, Painting Winner 2015 3rd ArtSlant International Showcase, Painting Winner 2013 5th ArtSlant International Showcase, Painting II Primarily self taught, Rex Maurice Oppenheimer has won awards as both an artist and writer. His writings include many nonfiction books and articles, poetry and lyrics for songs recorded on Capitol and Arista Records. His paintings have been exhibited in a variety of venues and purchased by collectors in the United States and abroad. A dual American/French citizen, he has traveled extensively and lived on four continents. A combination of wanderlust, romanticism and artistic passion propelled him through a checkered past, which included everything from smuggling pre-Columbian art out of Mexico, songwriting in Los Angeles, vagabonding throughout India and across Asia, to living in London’s Belgravia replete with Rolls and chauffer. Oppenheimer had won awards as an artist at an early age, but for whatever reason writing came to dominate his life for many years. The desire to paint, which had smoldered within, blazed forth some years ago when he was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he met and studied briefly with the Artist Roger Williams. He says he is entranced by the ability of pigment brushed onto canvas to create the color, texture and form of people, places and things in a way that somehow displays and evokes more than just those things. That reveals magic in the ordinary and speaks to a mystical connection, felt more than thought, with those forms.