These current high chroma paintings are in oil on panel, they are in an enlarged format, the objects are staged, with the titles suggesting a somewhat ambiguous narrative. The common theme that links them together is that of celebration.
RANDALL W.L. MOOERS: A Good Day for a Parade February 24 - March 31, 2018 George Billis Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s third solo exhibition of still life realism paintings by Randall W.L. Mooers. The exhibition features the artist’s recent work and continues through March 31.
Mooers writes of his work, “My paintings begin with a serious sense of play, both in the staging and the creating of the compositions. It is at this beginning stage that I operate under the Dadaist dictate that “anything can be art”, and at the same time I seek out a balanced and harmonious composition by way of line, shape, and color. I work according to my whimsy, sometimes seeking to assert some form of narrative however personal or ambiguous, and other times I am simply satisfied with the hint of a human presence.
Once I have my compositions the paintings then very quickly become about work, a very labor intensive work that forces me to focus my mind and slow things down (which I feel is relevant especially in this day and age of high-speed everything). A great amount of effort is spent on trying to get to the highest level of finish that is possible according to my current skill level.
For inspiration I have drawn from the past four centuries of object specific paintings, from the ontbijtjes (laid tables) of the 17th Century Dutch masters such as Willem Kalf, Jan Davidsz de Heem, Abraham van Beijeren, Peiter Claus Heda and Willem Claesz Heda, to the kitchen settings of Chardon, as well as the still life’s of Cézanne, and the Nature Morte paintings of Morandi, also some of the intensely skillful hyperrealist and trompe l’oeil painters working today.”