Art and Aesthetics in Action
Written by: Professor Severyn T. Bruyn


A Sea of Fire

If water destroys fire, how could it burn?
My ship is burning on a sea of fire.

A Sea of Fire
A Sea of Fire

Sometimes I feel like Jackson Pollack living in the passion of a moment. Pollack brought feelings to an empty canvas laid flat on the floor. He worked like ancient Asians who swung their brushes with flair and with some strange precision. And perhaps he worked like Native Americans in the Southwest painting with dripping sand. He was a tribal artist, coming at the canvas in every direction, then walking into its center to look again.

My painting does not come from the easel…I prefer to tackle the hard wall or the floor…On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it work from the four sides and literally be in the painting… I prefer sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid paint or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass and other foreign matter added.

When I am in my painting, I am not aware of what I am doing. It is only after a sort of “get acquainted period” that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.

On the Road

Vincent (After himself)

A Peasant (After Vincent)

A Sea of Fire

Flying Colors

A Close Up

The Descent

A Quaker Arbor

The Horse on a Hill

Amaryllis Alone

Roses Rapping

Frames of Arborvitae

Good Morning

Lovers on the Farm

Bass Rocks at Gloucester

Satyagraha: A Meditation