JOSEPH M. HUTCHINSON
2 CHAPALA ROAD
SANTA FE, NM 87508
When I started my professional painting career, I worked extensively in abstract expressionism. Over time, my art has taken several investigations into expressionistic landscape and still life motifs. Most recently, I have begun to explore what is possible in the representation of the human figure.
This may have started when I taught for seven semesters in Italy and studied the work of the Renaissance and Baroque masters. However, my Master of Art History centered on Modernism and embraced the ideas of change, process and invention.
Now, I have started a new series of figurative themes with passages of gold paint. These recent paintings may have come from several sources: My early research in Medieval manuscripts, lecturing on the Early Renaissance artists and seeing altar pieces in Italy. Certainly, Gustav Klimt was an influences but the had no exclusive rights to use gold to enhance his art. Gold is the single metal that has obsessed mankind for six millennia. It is the symbol of power, status and beauty across the ages.
As well, I work hard to make sure some small passages are carefully detailed — a push-and-pull with the ambitious sections. I try to generate small feelings — little moments of discovery, beauty and sensation that hold the viewers attention.