Paul Norwood

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Artist Statement

I’m constantly striving to spend less time with each painting. To represent form with fewer brush strokes and a simpler palette. To rely on the minds eye to do the work for me. I work from sketches, photographs and scrap. After creating a rough composition, I execute the painting quickly, avoiding overworking and overthinking.
I draw my inspiration from many different sources. The Bay Area figurative artists, the colorist approach of Fairfield Porter and the abstraction of Nicolas de Stael.
In my most recent body of work, I’ve returned to my roots on the Maine coast. The water has always been a central theme in my life. I never tire of the endless combinations of color and form. Its meditative effects always juxtaposed with its underlying ferocity. While the repetition of horizontal bands and geometric shapes abstract the scene and calm the mind — the aggressive handling of brush and paint mimic the fluidity and raw energy of the subject matter.

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