Artist Raymond Logan paints a wide range of subjects with exquisite depth and color. His layered palette resembles sculpture, crafted of hue and shadow.
The works have reverence and gravitas, coupled with a lively playfulness, born of both the artist’s execution and the connections he evokes between the viewer and the subject.
While each portrait is often recognizable, they are not realistic in the truest sense of the word.
It is as if an explosion of colored confetti had descended from the sky and reshaped itself into the personification of a human being.
Created in oil paint, using both palette knife and brush, all the elements are there, but it is those many disparate pieces that form a realistic whole.
“My work is born through solid draftsmanship plus a liberal application of paint via a brush or a knife or anything I can get my hands on, plus plenty of color experimentation and the carving of my medium,” Logan explains.
“It is truly gratifying when a viewer, while being up close to my work, stares in wonder at the surface, then, while backing away, witnesses all that texture and color (that an art textbook tells them shouldn’t work) and abstraction somehow mysteriously develop into a recognizable subject.”
“That ‘somehow’ is me.”
More of Raymond Logan’s wonderful paintings can be found at http://www.raymondlogan.com/.
8 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Raymond Logan”
That would make the most sense. Being as talented and he/she/they are, the real art comes out with the little strokes.
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I think the painter just made a rough drawing before he started with the knife.
Thank you. Do you think the painter painted something first, then went over it with short thick strokes? I have no idea.
I like this style of putting paint on canvas, it looks a bit like Van Goghs work but he dit it with a brush and heavy paint so you can see his brushstrokes very well.
Thank you SO much for the explanation! I kinda figured it was what you shared, but I’ve never really researched it. If done right, it adds another dimension to their painting.
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I think this is the “alla prima” style where the painter uses a metal painters “knife” as they call it, they come in all sorts of shapes. When you look for “painters knives” on the net you’ll see what they look like. Alla prima means just put on paint with a knife on the canvas, ofcourse he may have made a drawing first. As the layer of paint is rather heavy it takes a long time to dry.
You know– me too. There is something about the wide, short strokes on these paintings that really give them a different feel. I don’t know if the artist paints the picture first, then adds the short, broad strokes, or if they are part of the first design. If you or anyone knows I would love to know the technique. Thank you for sharing your enjoyment!
I love the way he works.