Time stops in the woods and one is able to catch their breath; recover and reflect on what has been, what is and what may come to pass after 98. Bittersweet.
Joe Rich is a Toronto based artist. Working in acrylic, ink, spray paint and a variety of mediums Joe primarily paints on canvas and wood. Joe has studied art for the past 18 years and his work has shown in a variety of settings and galleries including the McMichael Gallery and two one person shows. Committed to ongoing education Joe has studied in various settings and institutions, experimenting and painting in a variety of genres - but somehow always returning to nature as a subject matter. Bold. Expressive. Works for the viewer to explore.
I see my work as a collaboration between the viewer, the canvas and myself. Within this triad I often see some remarkable and exceptional exchanges take place. I see the art of painting as a behaviour, designed to express feeling and thoughts. I measure each work upon completion with what are best described as the underpinnings of a well executed work and - if satisfied with the outcome - let go of the work for others to contemplate, enjoy and I imagine accept or reject.
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Sometimes the simple can be come complicated in ways that are unexpected. This work began as simple but as it grew so did the complications of colour, form, energy, transition and shape. A sort of “beautifully complicated arrangement” - like life in so many ways.
Once the painting is complete - the title may suggest itself. Rolling Hills. For this work the view of the landscape - traditionally horizontal or vertical - is translated to the circle. Rolling both the land and the canvas to completion through the eye of the artist and the viewer.
Submerging oneself in the true north for a week of creating means painting and drawing and building to your heart’s content. By week’s end the shapes and colours resonate and finished works are both souvenirs as well as works of art.
There are times when the fall winds blow and one can have a flash glance at all of the things that fall can be in the woods. Cool- yet warm. Beautiful -yet harsh. The brush meets the palette knife to create this work. Like in the forest, what peeks out is of interest to the eye. Enjoy.
Moving from one spot to the next while painting there may be time to pause and explore the land between two favourite spots. Fresh eyes….. seeing lines and connections not yet seen until the brush is required to paint the canvas.
When it rains at the lake, the artist might abandon what they “see” to enjoy the smell and sound and feel of the rain in hopes of painting this experience to present to the viewer. A wet and wonderful and inspiring day.
There are moments when the sun shines and the river runs that create a feeling best described as “electric”. This work begins as a drawing, continues as a painting, finally resting in the hand of the artist drawing their way to the roots of the work. A joyous painting celebrating nature.
A painting to enjoy that encourages us to view the image as we view the landscape- following the lines and shapes and colours that create the gestalt of the scene. Paired with Heading Home may create a space for reflection.
Each day the beauty of a moment on a drive - the same moment - creates an image to paint. Inspired by the moment, painted over time with layers designed to create the depth of the woods and the artist’s view. A painting to enjoy. Paired with the painting Circling Back creates a space worth experiencing.
Painting the landscape as it moves and tumbles past you, invites the brush, the paint, the painter and the canvas to join together in bringing nature’s energy to the eye of the viewer. Enjoy. Lots to feel and see!
The calm of being in the woods always surprises the painter when the painting, and the activity of capturing the moment, winds up a frenetic series of lines and clouds and shapes. A busy painting with a calmness only the subject matter can suggest. Naturebathing.
At times in relationships we are stuck. Jammed up. As lovers we can become stuck in places that seem quite ethereal but in fact we are still just stuck…. In a beautiful place. Lovers’ Log Jam is designed to be a visual portrayal of this phenomenon - stuck, in a beautiful place.