Alan Rose

Artist Statement

  • In the Gallery January 10 – February 23, 2020
  • Image: “Dreams Diverged, Deferred”

I create images of ordinary people in everyday situations, but with a quirky, offbeat point of view. I develop ideas by making many quick, scribbly drawings until an interesting image/concept emerges. Then I play with the drawing and its title until I have what feels like the right balance of seriousness, silliness and ambiguity. This intuitive, spontaneous approach becomes much more constrained and precise when I begin to apply paint to the canvas.

I like my paintings to be peculiar, accessible, and thought-provoking. Imagery that is flat, cartoony and controlled suits my preference for edgy but droll humor. But does humor have a place in serious art? I think so because I believe humor is an essential part of reality, not merely a distraction from it.

Alan Rose

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