THOMSON DRAWING by Alan Wilson

The brush is for saving things from chaos.” Shitao, 17th century

Ink drawing at its best demands both clarity and economy akin in many ways to Haiku poetry. Like Haiku the artist must absorb and edit visual impressions of natural phenomena as they are responded to emotionally. However, I am not talking about some kind of self-indulgent angst whereby the art becomes solely a vehicle for the subjective emotions of a tortured soul. Rather, I am thinking of an expressionism that is objective in motivation with the heart and eye grounded in the dignity and wonder of matter (and the joy of space): the artist’s gaze “interrogating” what’s outside of him as John Berger put it.

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