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Breakthrough Moment | Margaret Bowland

“My “breakthrough“ came about when I began to actually make the paintings that were screaming to be made in my own psyche. ”

— Margaret Bowland
 Margaret Bowland |  Barbie Cake  | oil on linen | 62x90 diptych | 2017

Margaret Bowland | Barbie Cake | oil on linen | 62×90 diptych | 2017

I have never wondered what to paint. But for my entire life I have known that what I wished and the style ”language” with which I wished to speak would be despised.

I attended university when painting the figure was literally forbidden. I became a good abstract artist. After all, every work of art must rely upon its abstract or formalist structure to succeed. But I had a mania to tell stories.

Upon entering a museum I would see the paintings before me and could, of course, easily read their mythic stories. Rembrandt’s need to paint Bathsheba, synonymous with betrayal, moved me the most. Standing before those works I felt as if I were time traveling, seeing through that living man’s eyes.

I needed to learn that language to tell my own stories, often, also, of betrayal.

Painting, after all, was a language developed to tell hard truths through beauty. Artists developed a beautiful language of lies.

Life is meaningless chaos. So they gave us wholeness. One can only stand so many photos of drowned refugees or caged children before becoming numb. But one can look at The Flaying of Marsyus by Titian every day of one’s life.

Titian was not advocating hanging musicians  by  their heels and flaying them alive before a crowd, but he was making us watch, know. He was teaching us the extremes of human behavior, jealousy, vanity, and the pain a true man would endure to be himself.

I have always known that what I wished to paint, to convey, would be met with anger and scorn.

In college the conversation was about whether or not to allow our taped lines, as in Stella, to bleed or hold their edges. If not for the English department, I would have lost my mind.

Art was the subject of art, I was told in school. And all that meant to me was the reducing of a language that had held the greatest truths, paradoxes, and debates of the world into an insular game of badminton.

So. Here we are. Their is much great art being made now, In my opinion. Kerry James Marshall and Vincent Desiderio are geniuses.

And they are here, breathing, working.

Honestly, when I was 17, entering college, I would not have believed that this would be possible. So I have ventured out, with my visual stories.

Days Gone By #motherhood #painter

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Art Studio Mascots

Sharing studio space may not always be easy, but these artists were happy to share pictures and a few words about their furry best friends who keep them company (and often inspire them while they work!)

 

Roscoe

Roscoe

 

Christine Wagner

This is my best friend and studio mascot, Roscoe. He’s always patient when I’m focused on my art and always has his head on my lap when I’m drawing.

Artists reveal their breakthrough work | Matthew Quick

  Painting by Matthew Quick OBJECT OF BEAUTY

Painting by Matthew Quick OBJECT OF BEAUTY

Invariably when I try to plan a series it turns out to be unsustainable. Maybe the idea is too thin to be expanded across many pictures, or sometimes its simply not enjoyable enough to want to continue. So for me a series begins simply with a picture I want to paint. I don’t know if it has legs. I just want to do it. Over the first few pictures the idea is being refined and gradually I write a brief for myself that becomes tighter in concept and visual language.

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