“Art is about reduction. How much you leave in is the art part.”
– JOHN BORYS
“A painting may start out with a well planned idea or no real clear direction at all. In either case, during the “process” of creation, a concept becomes visual and tangible. Like it or not, the artist’s understanding of art history and the artist’s awareness of the current avant-garde are also factors. And finally, there is the painting itself. I am interested in the visual dialogue between all of these. In the end, artistic judgement and the ability to listen with your eyes to what the painting is saying, trusting the painting, following its rhythm and working in tandem with it, is where the artist and art become one.”
Artverbs, acrylic on canvas, 5′ x 12′ installation, dining area.
Drylie residence, Houston, Texas
The “Artverb” paintings. This series of paintings created by American artist John Borys explores the different types of visual vocabularies that we use to communicate and create with. Etching, printed materials, graphic images, screen printing, music notation, handwriting and drawing all are “visual languages” that have their own meaning and emotions. For Borys, the paintings are art about art. The title “Artverbs” comes from the “verb” – the active part – within the different languages of art.