After seeing an exhibition by Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn wrote that he began to internalize new ways of looking, seeing, and translating the experience of the physical world onto canvas, a process that eventually became the centering point to his art practice for the rest of his life. As I have mentioned before, Diebenkorn is one of my art heroes and mentors.
For many years I have also been captivated by Brian Rutenberg’s paintings and his YouTube Studio Visits. He is also one of my art heroes and mentors. He is the perfect role model for artists because not only is he a Rock Star in the art world and widely considered to be one of our finest contemporary painters, he generously shares his aesthetic concepts and process with us in a way that makes us feel that we know him and that he knows us because he talks about things that are matters of concern to all artists. As it is with Diebenkorn, Brian’s words and paintings have encouraged me to “internalize new ways of looking, seeing, and translating the experience of the physical world onto canvas.”
I was delighted last fall when I discovered that Brian had a new book coming out, Clear Seeing Place. And I was over the moon when I found out that he would be having an exhibition and presenting a talk on Clear Seeing Place at the Saginaw Art Museum last weekend! The book explores the concept of artistic authenticity and delves into how his own clear seeing place was shaped by his love for his childhood locale, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – a passion that is communicated to the viewers of his paintings through abstraction, personal mark making, and deliciously glorious color. This book is chock full of inspiration, observations, and advice. It is a delightful read that will inspire anyone and everyone who practices art to embark on their own personal journey to discover and express their own clear seeing place.
Brian Rutenberg’s powerful and gorgeous paintings will be on exhibit at the Saginaw Art Museum until June, 2017.
Here is a link to the Saginaw Art Museum: https://www.saginawartmuseum.org/
Here is a link to Brian Rutenberg’s website: http://www.brianrutenbergart.com
Brian’s book, Clear Seeing Place can be purchased at Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/Clear-Seeing-Place-Studio-Visits/dp/0997442301/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489499203&sr=1-1&keywords=clear+seeing+place