“I believe that as an artist, it is not my purpose to dictate what the viewer sees on the canvas, but rather to pose a question that causes them to seek the answer within themselves. Each individual brings their own life experiences into the decision, and for each of them the meaning revealed is truly unique.”
“My passion lies in reaching that inner self, and drawing it into, and out of, my art. My goal is to create a moment that touches their soul.” ~DJ Fedeli
David is a contemporary artist whose work is reminiscent of the age of “Neo-Romanticism“, which emerged strongly in the period from about 1880 – 1910, in Britain.
His work has also been described as “surreal“, but David does not feel that description is entirely accurate…
“Quite often I hear people refer to Dali when describing my work, and while I am obviously flattered, I see very few similarities.
I feel my work is much more grounded in the reality around us… with a few subtle twists and turns perhaps, but I don’t feel it ever really moves that far into the realm of the surreal.”
“I strive to maintain a strong tie to reality, so the viewer can relate to what they see. But I also want to give them enough rope to swing out into the abyss. Only then can they allow themselves to get lost in that place they find depicted in the work.”
“Giving them that ‘lifeline’ allows them to experience deep emotion, while also feeling secure in a moment of vulnerability”. Without that moment, art does not exist.”
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- 1. A criticism of modern society as disconnected from nature
- 2. A wish or desire for a Utopian connection to nature, uncoupled from social expectations and tradition
- 3. A rejection of the dichotomy between society and nature. Neo-Romanticism is classified by academics based upon its subject content, which is mentioned in characteristic #1 above.
Now, if we look at Henri-Edmund Cross's painting Le Bois (1906), we see a stark contrast to Butler's bleak and lifeless landscape. Cross depicts human figures, freed from culture and industry rooted, in a natural setting. Unlike the romantics who depicted native peoples in their worship of nature, the Neo-Romantics, like Henri-Edmund Cross or John Minton, chose subjects in their landscapes in more intimate settings and unconnected to tradition or social norms. This painting represents characteristic #2 from above as it shows an Utopian world where figures exist completely free of needs, like Eden.The simple white dress of the sitting figure and the blankets on the ground set the figures as modern subjects, rather than tribal or futuristic individuals. This feature represents characteristic #3: the rejection of the dichotomy of society and nature. The figures are modern and yet connected to nature, symbolizing the rejection of choosing between civilization and nature.
Surrealism Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality". Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was, above all, a revolutionary movement. Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory
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