1982-84

1982-84

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     Around 1982, after making non-representational paintings for a while, I began to get tired of people asking "What's it mean?".   So I thought about it, and decided to do a series that was non-representational yet had a 'meaning' everyone might be able to relate to and understand.  

     The series was based on the basic elements of life:  Metal, Water, Fire, Earth, Air, and Earth.  

    As I conceived it the paintings represented not jus the elements but what the elements might symbolize as far as human psychology is concerned.  So Metal was rationality.  Water was spontaneousness and fluidity.  Fire was passion and emotionality.    Earth was grounded-ness and common sense.  Air was the metaphysical side.

    I tried to execute each element in a way that somehow expressed the quality of that element.

 I guess the idea was pretty successful because I sold all of the paintings.

The Elements Series

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