“BOATS AND BATHERS”
MAUDE KERNS ART CENTER
JULY 21 – AUGUST 25 2017
Thank You for visiting the newly redone Roger Weise Gallery.
It is a work in progress, as they say…
The new work shown here is related to all things marine.
More specifically to Boats and Bathers.
Two of my favorite things/themes.
Artists have always been drawn to depicting all things marine, be it rivers, oceans or lakes. From the Greeks to the Moderns, every school and movement has been inspired by the images of boats and bathers. We are fortunate to live in the water rich environment of western Oregon with greart rivers and the mighty Pacific nearby.
Many pieces shown here started with sketches of bathers and boats, done by the ocean or at one of the lakes or rivers nearby. The land and waterscapes in which my bathers and boats swim and frolic are real – simplified to their essence and adjusted to make the composition work and still contain that germ of inspiration that nature alone provides. Likewise with the bathers, many of the bather’s themselves were started at the model stand,
drawn from real flesh.
I’ve struggled to keep it all of a piece. As desperate as some of the pieces may appear next to each other there is a certain camaraderie and celebration that tells a unique story of men, women, boats, ships and the full moon that sometimes illuminates their midnight journey.