Surely the most persistent current in painting is the representation of recognizable things, particularly the figure. In one form or another, representational painting has been around for about 15,000 years, ever since the cave paintings in France and Spain were created. Things went along fine after that, with countless landscapes, nudes and still-life scenes being painted by countless artists. Then, a little over a century ago, representation was increasingly pushed aside by its two chief rivals, which attacked it from opposite standpoints. On one side, it was supplanted by abstraction, which made hand-done versions of reality seem quaint and old-fashioned. On the other, there was the rise of photography, which did... More >>>
"Captivating Passage," by Wes Hempel, oil on canvas.