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The Cary Grant of Paintings


“Look I probably should have told you this before, but you see.. well.. insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.”

– Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace
I’ve never seen this film I have to confess, but anything with Cary Grant I love. He had the likeability factor. That elusive quality which goes beyond the subjective.

Painting can have that too – particularly abstracts.

How could one fall in love with what appears to be an arbitrary mess of criss-cross colours and irredeemable shapes?

But we do!

That’s the innate power of the abstract. It speaks to us on a different level, disarming our prejudices by the simple act of being.

What are the implications for representation art so? Is all lost as the world of art becomes increasingly rarefied?

Far from it. I paint representational and most likely always will. Forever seeking that Cary Grant moment in the work, when it ceases to be a stranger and becomes a valued friend.

Rare, but not impossible.

People love those works, but they have to see them to love them. They have to experience it for themselves. Your word means nothing in this scenario. It’s all about the direct experience.

Voila – here’s the direct experience, or the at least, the next best thing.

Have a lovely Wednesday.

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