Mary Gow, San Francisco Member Since March 2012 Artist Statement “The colors in your abstract work are so vivid and alive – and then the black and white. Just lovely. Haunting. (Even the photographs tend towards the abstract: much tension there between a recognizable 'image' and our perception of the “purity” of lines and related spaces). It’s as if another consciousness were pulling at us as we look at the world.” – Jack Foley, Poet/Performer/Writer and Host of KPFA 94.1 FM’s “Cover to Cover” 3 PM (Pacific Time) on Wednesdays, in San Francisco
"Your work is beautiful!" - Leslie Katz, Arts Editor, San Francisco Examiner
Have you ever looked at a painting or photograph and it literally made you feel better?
I believe in the healing quality of art and the power of imagery to bring about wellness, vibrance, and peace. I also believe what we look at every day influences what we become.
Among my many sources of inspiration, I'm drawn to the gestural lines and vibrant pinks and blue greens of Henri Matisse and other Fauvist painters, the chromatic intensity of the early work of Wassily Kandinsky, and the mystery of Man Ray's photograms.
Matisse wrote in 1908 in an article printed on December 25, 1908 by the Grande Review: "What I dream of is an art of balance, purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter. I want my work to be soothing, so that the exhausted, overworked and stressed spectator finds rest and calm in it.”
I believe art is a sublime medium that can express beyond words what is deep, wise, and heartfelt.
Recently I found my collection of tulip photos and will show those here soon. Stay tuned! Thanks for finding me here and I hope you enjoy my work.