Studio Sequence, diptych 64" x 84" oil on linen 2008
I work primarily with the figure in paint, pastel, clay, charcoal, and graphite. Trained in the classical tradition, I prefer to work from life, using models for my figure projects. I also paint landscape and still life. These smaller studies are quickly executed and are painted on sight. The portrait and multi figure paintings are more complex and require many sessions with models in my studio which is located at the New York Artists and Residency Foundation (NARS) in Brooklyn, New York. When working with figure or still life my concern is to paint the forms sculpturally in space. Composition and context of the forms are problem solving issues that evolve with each work.
In order for my work to move forward I need to be consciously grounded in the story of art and craft as we know it beginning with the early cave paintings and found artifacts on through present day visual works whether they be art, craft or functional product, I find inspiration in contemplating the human urge to make things. Our history provides the necessary tools to explore with freedom my own contemporary ideas within a learned framework whereby I can make art, invent, choose, and select.
All images are the copyright of the artist,Griselda Healy.