WAS Artist of the Week…

Brian Hibbard: Painter, North Carolina

Artist Statement: My paintings and sculptures bridge ancient and modernist sensibilities. The subjects are often classical figures and portraits, but my use of materials is pure expressionism. I am most comfortable working in large scale. It is a great format for viewers to “step into” and experience.

There is a close relation between how I work and the way I live. My worldview is grounded in reality, guiding principles and what I believe to be true. If I live or paint by only what I can see or understand there is no room for invention. At the same time, the freedom and joy of exploring new potentials, if not grounded becomes lost and has no direction. There is a necessary balance between what is real and our freedom to create, interpret and explore within this reality. What really makes my art alive is both embracing this concept and exposing the contrasts.

For more of Hibbard’s work visit g2 Gallery in Scottsdale or on the web at www.hibbardfinearts.com

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