Size: 40"W x 30"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
The ineffable echoes through the colors and shapes of the ordinary scenes and objects I paint. The commonplace speaks a mantra of existence and the colors blend a body of reality around an abstract heart. To try and keep it simple, a painting is not a photograph. A brushstroke, a shape of color, can evoke feeling beyond it’s meaning.
The title says it. We were in Auvers Sur Oise, visiting the room Van Gogh died in and the town. The walk to the graveyard carried us past various scenes and landscapes that had appeared in his works. Maybe it was the time of year, or the light that day, but I could feel a haunting presence that touched my soul. Painted on Gallery-Wrapped canvas, can be hung as is, or you could frame it if you wish.
I like abstract art, and I like representational art. I like when the two meet. I was greatly influenced by the Impressionists. 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.
From a certain perspective everything is abstract; it it is just shape, color and light. Look closely at a section of a realistic lace collar painted by Rembrandt, and it appears as blobs and strokes of paint in different values.
I am deconstructing what I see into shapes of color. Brushstrokes coalesce those color shapes to create feelings beyond the image we have given a name.
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.