Artwork by Bryn Craig - courtesy of Gallery Bergelli
Although my work is representational, I am definitely not a photo realist.
I try to include much more than just the surface of a place. I want to
express my emotions about the subject and to stimulate emotions in viewer.
What makes me respond to, and want to paint a particular subject is a little
bit of a mystery to me. There must be something there that strikes a nerve,
but I can't generalize about what it is.
Once I decide on a subject, I start photographing it from many angles and at
various times a day - lighting and shadow configurations, etc. I use the camera
- but it works for me, I don't work for camera. I don't make paintings of
photographs. I take from the photo whatever I feel works toward the mood
I am trying to convey. And I leave out the painting to have a life of its
own and I am not concerned that someone might point out that the fireplug
is out of place or that the building isn't really that color. The
painting becomes sort of fantasy of my own invention.
- Bryn Craig
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