FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2017
WHAT: “Larger Than Life” exhibit of Stan Fullerton's work opens at Untitled 2.0
WHEN: June 2 – 30, 2017
WHERE: Untitled 2.0 @ 119 SE Sixth Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526
WHAT: The highly personal images of Stan Fullerton's bright canvases may be interpreted in as many ways as there are points of view. He is pleased when a viewer reacts positively to his art, regardless of the interpretation. A prerequisite to a viewer's enjoyment of any art, Fullerton said, is self-awareness. "If they're not in touch with themselves, they can't be in touch with anybody else's product."
From the culinary arts to the dance floor, Fullerton's expressionistic paintings, prints and sculptures are alive with fantastic characters that energize human endeavors. Although religious icons recur in Fullerton's work, he cautions "they may be religious to you, but they may not be religious to me." More likely, Fullerton's clergy are convenient examples of authority figures, his favorite target. "I paint human folly. I paint authority figures as fools, and fools as authority figures."
Fullerton champions’ self-expression, which, he believes, is generally lacking in American art. "The trouble with art in America is that people are very busy pirating other people's styles and imagery and reducing them to shlock ... The art world, in general, is full or poseurs and dilettantes." One measure of Fullerton's convictions has been his lifetime indifference toward exhibiting. Resisting gallery shows during his career, the Oregon born artist has been made aware of this exhibit.
Fullerton has been involved in art since childhood. "As a child, I was not a communicator. I've always lived in a world of books and pictures. I've always drawn. I could draw before I could write. That always seemed a much more sincere way of communicating." Fullerton never sought formal art instruction preferring instead to visit museums and artists he respected.
During a period of residence in New York, he became friends with expressionist painter and political cartoonist George Grosz. Fullerton said Rembrandt, Goya and Flemish painters were also strong influences. His canvases are generally large, splashed generously with brilliant colors. His color choices are spontaneous and unpredictable, he said, and not derived from a "formula." The artist has had no desire to become a trend-setter in the art world. "I think anybody who sticks their head up out of the sand to become a figurehead is no longer an artist."
Press Release prepared by Fred Vassar.
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