This has been my third solo show and although experience is making me wiser and better prepared I still can´t avoid feeling unsure and expectant of the outcome. The last seven months have been a continued period of production to finally bring to light “Quiet Grandeur”. Eighteen paintings were shown of which seven were specially produced for the occasion. The main bulk of the paintings were equestrian themed, honoring the The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. To my equestrian art I introduced a new series called “Rejoneo” which is an equestrian art form unique to the world of bullfighting. Equestrian art continues to be at the centre of my art production although I will have other series produced along side. I have looked into this continued interest of mine and why I feel compelled to paint horses and some answers I have actually found in Chinese Mythology but I will share that on another Blog. On this occasion I want to share some other answers.
I want to dig deeper into the idea that I shed light on others in my last Show. The reason I say this is because I feel I have found answers as to why I feel compelled to do all this in the first place. Last night I was reading extracts from Kandinskys´ “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” (1911) and Point and Line to Plain (1929). I was introduced to Wassily Kandinsky and his foundations of art making during my art and painting studies. I have learnt that to think that I paint or exhibit to sell, to satisfy my ego or to share is limited, indeed they are all reasons and off course are true, however there is a much greater reason and is easily forgotten. To shed light on others. This may seem profound and it is but for me its an extremely comforting thought and I strongly believe in it.
This is the spiritual power art making has over others and off course this level of light depends on the artist and the artwork. I would now like to quote Kandinsky: “The artist´s thoughts, feelings and actions, when translated into art, have the power to affect the spiritual climate of his or her society. The artist is obligated to use his or her talent to make a positive impact in this way - to create sincere, original work that helps humanity toward collective enlightenment.
What I discover when I exhibit is how the public capture this idea of sincerity. Of course I don't produce constantly 100% excellent work but as if all the stars become aligned sometimes I do and the spectator feels it immediately. Just like, not all artwork I produce has the same power of shedding light not all spectators can capture the same level of light but it does happen this is what I refer to “magic happens”.
Since my early 40s I became increasingly interested in spirituality and finding answers. Studying Kabbalah was a a major turning point for me and I can confidently say it somehow cleared the vision of my life journey. Kabbalah was actually where I first understood the concept of the “light” and to be a creator or vessel of light.
For all you that came to my show I want to thank you for as I said earlier “last night we made magic!!”