Some notes from Richard Kirk Mills
I found myself in unfamiliar territory when asked by David Schell, the visionary behind Green Kill to gather painters for an exhibit. I’m trying to become a painter myself, not a curator.
My inclination is to look at painters around me for inspiration and support.
Not really a theme show person, I selected people who start from observation of the natural world and go from there.
So here in my view are six extraordinary upstaters who start with perhaps some similar impulses, often in similar environs and end up in very different places.
I am happy to introduce them to each other, though full disclosure – the group includes two couples – and I look forward to the dialogues their work sets up.
They extend traditions and articulate personal visions. All are in search of something: peace, wholeness, release, the sublime, the transcendence of the every day, maybe just a good days’ work. No virtual stuff here: it’s all natural colored dirt. Their natures run deep and with great character. And they’ve been at it for a long time.
Scott, Kathmann and Lorenz frequently share an immersion in the woods, among the trees, their great friends. That is, one feels surrounded; in, a part of. Morris and Maguire pull us back to a vantage point perhaps embedded in their English and Irish genes where we can again imagine and dream. And Contes gives us the heat of the sun, refracted into searing color. Like Greece in August, not much shade.