Some very dark and dreamy works from Michael Raleigh. Looking forward to the opening at the Gallery at Black Rock. It’s Thursday, June 11, at 6-9. This is just on the heels of Frame Makers’ reception, so Fairfield Avenue will be really hopping that week.
Raleigh’s artist’s statement:
I tell ghost stories in acrylic, oil and mixed media. My approach blends figurative and abstract elements to create an ongoing internal narrative. The faint images I see emerging from an abstract background often determine the story of the completed painting. If I have to provide a label for my work, I’ll call it “figurative expressionism”.
I see the world as a living internal landscape. When I look closely across my landscape, I see the images of mask wearers and ghosts and lost children trying to find their way home. On the roads of my interior landscape, we are all partial, we are all broken, we are all seeking our place in a puzzle we don’t quite understand.
I work intuitively and spontaneously, embracing the “art of fouls” to bring the contradictions of anger, sadness and a fiercely protected shred of hope to my work. I rarely know where a piece is going, but I know when we get there.
The primitive figures that inhabit my painted work symbolize my fundamental belief in the inherent fragility and loneliness of the human spirit. The past, in all its shadow and specter, looms large in my work.
Much of my mixed media work uses images of my childhood family as a means of creating an ongoing visual fictionalized biography. As with all biography, my life is equal parts truth and fiction.
I first began to paint in November 2000, intending to be a full time writer. Then, the stories in my head became pictures.
To date, I have completed over 600 acrylic, oil, and mixed media pieces.
I have my doubts about heaven, but I still believe in ghosts.