My main interest is the representational mysticism and expressionism of human existence. I look to portray the humanistic and dynamic figurative structures through four elements (structure, anatomy, design, expression).
Modern art has been released to not only show realism, but the ability to show expressive meanings and to reveal insights to the viewer. The expressive impacts of art can reveal far more than the “photographic” accurate portrayal of an idea. Art must have the energy to please, provoke, and lead us to reveal far more than the actual image. A work must guide the viewer through various means of texture, depth, contrasts, and tension between the elements. This provokes an understanding of kinetic energy as each element pushes, pulls, or overrides another.
Art as an interpretive medium is not new. Although many believe this has arrived recently in the 20th century, I contend that interpretive art goes back as far as man. Some believe the depiction of humans and animals were crude early in prehistoric times. One only has to look at the cave drawings and see the spiritual interpretive intent. Ancient artists were skilled in portraying animals accurately. Some critics point to the man “sticks” to prove the skills were not available to the cave art. I contend the images were purposely depicted in a manner to allude to the mystical.
My work is a direct reflection of my life. Visual metaphors are alluded to which carry the viewer into the psychological and spiritual world. My art attempts to transcend narrative content and to imply universally understood feelings and states. Art has been released to not only hold realism, but the ability to show expressive meanings and reveal insights. Many artists have used figurative expressionism - Picasso, de Kooning, and Jamali. Today, a gnarled image may express violence or internal struggle. Colors laid in layers reveal depth in emotional turmoil. 4th dimensional aspects reveal many spiritual links to our world and also give us a glimpse of the deeper understanding of the world around us. Art is now free to delve into spiritual expressionism or psychological attraction. - Dave Phillips