Green Kill is pleased to announce that the art of Richard Pantell will be on exhibtion from Saturday November 4 to Tuesday December 5. The opening party will be November 4 from 5 to 7 PM.
While I am a “realist”, I see realism more as a tool rather than an end in itself. I have always been drawn to luminosity whether comes from the sky at dusk or from a soft interior lamp. Much of what I paint depicts people within environments, some self-made and some thrust upon them. In some cases the person may dominate the surface, in other cases the person is a small part of the surface, but however small, the painting is about that person. My people are seen in public and private moments. Their thoughts have little connection to where they are and some have no thoughts other than what they are “required” to think and do.
The environments usually have no natural elements other than the sky or a river that has been greatly altered from its original state. These environments are so far from nature that I see them as a form of living surrealism. The subways are an example of a totally invented world where, with their century old mosaics often covered with modern day graffiti, offer us the ability to travel in space and time. Many of my urban environments contain discolored older architecture along with recent urban developments.
Much of my imagery takes place at dusk, when the day is nearly over and is being summarized. There is relaxation on the surface but maybe not inside the subject. Some of the people are aging baby boomers who are old enough to have experienced promise and disappointment, some still having hope.
In the end the questions are: Where am I? How did I get here? How did I get this way?