Size: 16"W x 12"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
The ineffable echoes through the colors and shapes of the ordinary scenes and objects I paint, and the colors blend a body of reality around an abstract heart.
I lived and painted in Santa Fe, New Mexico for three years. This was done on a day in the well-known city of Taos, about an hour north of Santa Fe.
Although I like a lot of abstract art, I tend to prefer art with a strong representational aspect, yet I don’t really care for photorealism. I hope to find the intersection of the unknown and the commonplace, to bring the soul of the mountain to the surface of its stones. I was greatly influenced by the Impressionists.
As I said, I do appreciate abstract art, whether based on reality or letting the paint find form without intention other than artistic expression. I do, however, take umbrage with those that criticize representational work for being limiting, because it represents actual people, places and things.
In painting things I see, I am deconstructing them into shapes of color. Brushstrokes coalesce those
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.