I am, like Van Gogh was, a thorough romantic in terms of emotions a shared lack of inhibitions in living it to the full. I had always supported my daring lunacy with an idea. An idea that is the most divine of all - to reach the top, the highest point, or, the lowest. To be artistic beggar, to reach the grave below these bridges that surround us. Delacroix emphasized the value of letter writing as an accompaniment to the artistic creation as an apt means of appreciating and describing one's own works. Describing what? - The content or the technique? I disagree! For me the writing, or rather, describing too much is like making too many drawings of one particular image. The picture loses its momentum, a touch of spontaneity, which is so rarely seen nowadays.
One should not misunderstand this statement as far as it concerns Van Gogh's writings. His letters can only be described as pure poetry. I see him not only as a great painter, an innovator, but also as a poet whose emotions are expressed so deeply one could drown in that river of words. Describing his paintings, for me, was only an excuse to confess himself to his only supporter, his brother Theo.
I also admire Dali, if for nothing else than for some of his very true statements regarding most of his paintings: "The fact that I myself do not understand what my paintings mean does not imply that they are meaningless." or perhaps this quote: "I first paint them, then I explain their meaning."
I could use some of these statements to say more or less about my paintings. At first sight of my paintings one should see the sheer joy of painting. Unlike some painters of today who seem to be relieving their frustrated inner bodies whilst painting, (Pollock is an exception), I actually enjoy painting, creating. Nevertheless, an image derived out of frustrated state of mind may be filled with strongest emotions; therefore its abstraction is fully justified, and sometimes even understood. To this respect I put a few lines to describe an abstract painting of mine titled "Iron Butterfly". It's been named after a late sixties band called Iron Butterfly; their music was a mixture of refined blues and hallucinogenic hard rock. In other words, acid music - literally. And acid was their stage setup, a huge circle with colors projected onto it mesmerizing the listeners, leading them to strip and rise above the time. My painting is a tribute to the entire generation of sixties and seventies, to "hippies" who had by far the greatest influence on me.
…Someone recently said: "The problem young artists face today is that people are saturated with images…" - I myself have never attempted to create something new, never seen before, just to be recognized as original artist. Actually, I have never attempted to create anything, which was to involve any attempts, a deliberate creation for someone to judge it.
…Getting the message across is an often-used sentence when we talk about "the purpose of art". Being identified with Dali did not bring much comfort to me, although it could be flattering. I am glad, however, that contrary to Dali's paintings, mine are the result of sub continental feelings and were never fully intentional. My paintings simply happen, and, if they tell tales, and yet hardly reveal what those paintings really mean to me, I have succeeded in achieving the extension of the abstraction I was after. I call this extension Surrealism.
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