AiR STUDIO GALLERY
Creating & Curating Contemporary Art for the Community
AiR Studio Gallery & The United Theatre Present
A “Private Preview Screening" of the documentary film, “LASTING IMPRESSIONS”
Sunday August 20, 4pm
Tickets available online at the United Theatre
an hour long intimate journey through the life & work of world-renowned painter/printmaker, innovator and teacher, Dan Welden. Told in chapters as art unfolds through the thoughts and observations of his friends & colleagues including Kiki Smith, Eric Fischl, Alice Aycock, Helen A. Harrison among others. This film conveys the essence of the artist and also explores inspirations and motivations that drive the act of creativity.
Filmed on location in Sag Harbor and The Catskills with support from Freudenberg Arts and Inspiration Plus Foundation the production revolves around the artist’s creativity and innovative thinking.
With a career of over 50 years, internationally known artist, and master printmaker Dan Welden has collaborated with such artists as Willem de Kooning, Eric Fischl, and Kiki Smith. Familiar themes run though his paintings and prints, drawing connections between landscape, and abstraction. He taps into the idea of linear pathways, echoes from animal tracks in nature, fissures in rock palisades, and metaphors for human connections. His paintings begin intuitively, with simple forms, and broad areas of color, gradually becoming more refined and delicate. His hands are playful with his tools, sometimes dancing, other times marching as the mind and heart work in conjunction to figure it out what wants to be said. The results are paintings rich in mystery, subtle layers, and a sophisticated color sensibility.
In his own words
When I begin to make marks, I am not sure where I'm going, the works develop on their own with the images forming as color comes into play. Brushstrokes, calligraphic marks, scrapes and obliterations are my telltale DNA.
I sometimes put myself in an animal mindset, without worldly concerns. Allowing my intuition and passion to my guide me, the present moment is all that matters. As an experimental artist there are always questions and quandries, the adventure of the unknown is my challenge.
Specific intent is given to the vision of a rural hillside, where for generations animals trampled the grass and ever so slightly altered its character to subtle patterns. Images sometimes deal with my feelings for landscae terrains and the linear connections between locations, at times a metaphor typing people and relationships together.
Works Currently on Exhibition at AiR
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