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Alright, you can call it pretty if you really mean it.
Ever since my blog post about “What Not to Say to an Artist,” I have become more aware of how people describe my work. One of my indirect suggestions was to not call my work “pretty.” Since then, several people have called my work pretty, and I have decided that it is OK. It is still not my adjective of choice, but as long as the people who say it really mean it, then who am I to argue with sincerity?
It is always strange to hear people describe my work, whether they say “Oh, that’s so pretty!” or they use more erudite descriptions, as in a recent article in Fine Art Connoisseur’s Fine Art Today. Here is an excerpt:
“One or two of Grossmann’s pieces come perilously close to being poster-worthy in their prettiness, but the majority of his work carries as much silent fortitude and aesthetic poetry as a George Inness painting. I also appreciate the fact that this artist doesn’t feel the need to adhere rigidly to the rules of realism, but rather experiments with abstraction and almost surrealism in some of his perspectives. He flattens the picture plane in many paintings and plays with spatial depth, giving his contemplative landscapes an ironically modern feel.” (Written by Allison Malafronte, Editor of Fine Art Today)
Hmmm. You see how odd it feels to be analyzed?
This next description is quite pleasant. It is from the latest post on the Matthews Gallery blog:
“David has developed a unique style that the artist calls “visual poetry”. Using a gentle, glowing palette, he paints abstracted visions of forests that are melodic in their focus on rhythm and symmetry. Sprawling swaths of landscape transform into flat, smooth planes while scattered trees lend a profound sense of depth. These contrasting perspectives set the works slightly off-balance, sending the eye on an endless quest to consolidate them. The compositions may seem serene, but they contain the same mysterious kinetic energy that tugs our eye from one stanza of a poem to the next.” (Written by Jordan Eddy, Director of Communications for the Matthews Gallery)
How lovely. And goodness, that’s a lot to live up to.
My favorite recent description of my paintings is from a man who emailed me a few days ago. His description of my work was short and to the point: he called it “slightly bent.”