Until the sixteenth century, wood panel was the most common support used by painters. The tactile quality of the material is unmatched by canvas, and the way the graining insinuates itself into paint creates a relationship as singular as a fingerprint. It is with this in mind that we bring together three emerging artists who, through the immaculate genius of their painting, have declared their obsession with nature’s most prolific object of beauty: wood.
Robert Porazinski’s paintings hit upon a common thread; fragmented compositions featuring strong organic and manufactured elements that speak of our relationship with nature. Porazinski’s imagery brings to mind the delicate balance of these earthly facets and the beauty of each.
Max Sansing is a painter with a strong background in large-scale murals. His fearless designs grace multiple walls in Chicago, their bold and stylized imagery making their way into his smaller oil paintings. Sansing’s portraits are a balance of finely-rendered personalities, artfully exposed wood grain and graffiti-inspired symbols.
Jacob van Loon’s watercolor and graphite compositions come from a deep influence of architecture and the undefined spaces that exist in and around it. These unstructured sections are rendered more strongly than the overarching concept using color and graphic line. The end results are splintered compositions that come together as a strong and unforeseen whole.