Whimsical paintings of Disney and Looney Tunes figurines by artist Jason Walker. Influenced by the work of Caravaggio and Diego Velasquez, he uses shadow and light to great effect using chiaroscuro, an oil painting technique developed during the Renaissance that uses strong tonal contrasts to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect.
I am a painter who prefers the work to speak for itself. I believe that the relationship between the painting and the viewer is one that benefits from intimacy, without voice-over. It is as Duchamp says: “the viewer completes the work.” Although photography has taken over many of the duties of contemporary portraiture I obviously prefer the painted subject. To paint the sitter is to have an intense encounter with that image and with art history at the same time. I often work from photographs (as well as from the model) but photography interests me only as aid to memory. I work in oil on linen and have chosen to concentrate on the single figure. I invest each image with significant detail and try to achieve not simply a physical likeness but also to unveil a psychological truth: to show a state of being in the world.On view at Galerie de Bellefeuille through December 13.