Artist Thaddeus Radell

Artist Statement

 

My work primarily consists of figure compositions- intuitive constructions that begin with random marks establishing larger masses of torsos, heads and limbs in an undefined setting. The paintings are usually quite large, often eight or ten feet and more in width, and comprised of multiple panels. I use a cold wax medium that I make myself, combined with dry pigments and oil paint. The surfaces eventually build up into a dense, rugged terrain, resembling scorched artifacts from an archeological dig. I have recently begun to imbed fragments of burlap into the paint.

 

In 2015, I found that my subject matter began to coalesce around my reading of Dante, Shakespeare and Sophocles. More specific images were beginning to emerge. From the depiction of actual scenes in the Inferno or King Lear, the paintings subsequently evolved into meditations on the relationship between the protagonists of these classic works.

 

I have always accompanied my large figure compositions with small studies of heads. These heads are always invented. Once such a study is complete (a process that may take years of repainting), I look to see if I recognize a character from my reading of the classics.  (20

Historical and Contemporary Art Gallery, Atlanta Georgia

 

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