How do you paint a feeling?
In this series of paintings I attempted to find for myself an answer to this question. These paintings are what I feel are both failed and successful experiments. Experiments done firstly in the hope of furthering my knowledge of the material of paint itself; but also attempting to convey an emotion or idea influenced by a poem. To me the experience of reading an inspirational work or viewing a masterpiece can be quite similar and I hope to be able to discover this kind of human connection through my own art.
Several years ago a close friend sent me a Frank O’Hara poem. His poetry and my interest in this man have been with me ever since. As a poet, a writer and a curator with New York’s MoMA, he lost his life at the height of his career. Along the way he befriended many famous artists including Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline. It was my intention to paint scenes inspired by a collection of O’Hara’s poetry and incorporate the influence of O’Hara’s relationship with the American Abstract art movement.