“Stasis (intasy)” Photo © Pierre Raby, January 2019
January 2019, Studio update
First of all, I would like to thank each of you for your support throughout 2018, my partner in life, our extended family, friends, subscribers, collectors, followers…
At the very beginning of last year, many exciting plans were on the table, but life had some other scripts in store for Michel and myself,
which have slowed down and put my artistic endeavors in a strange and unexpected forced hiatus.
As a result of the “event” that occurred in our life end of 2017, and having to suppress emotions in order to give good support to Michel during his long recovery, the aftermath brought up some high levels of anxiety to the surface, which was in retrospect very predictable. I’ve been then forced to take a long pause to heal myself from what we could call a post-traumatic condition.
Last Fall, knowing that he would finally be fine and after I had cleared out enough my own path, another severe health crisis happened and I had to bring him once again to the Emergency, knowing without doubts how this was directly related to 2017.
Aside the fear and all the worries for my partner’s safety and health that come with the situation, 2018 has oddly felt like a groundhog day, a long tunnel where we were seeing the light with great hope yet always pushed away from our reach.
Every human encounters many hard bumps in the road during a lifetime, and some challenges give us any other choices than to surrender and evaluate each aspect of living, resulting in a deep catharsis that change us to the core.
After two months off from work this Fall, having dug very deep into any of our medicine and alternative knowledge gathered over the years and with the help of his dedicated doctors and specialists, we happily emerge and sense a new bright cycle approaching.
Some of you might have noticed that for about two years, I’ve been intensively exploring with the photographic medium.
This allows me to quickly multiply experiments while revisiting my early professional years devoted to design and sculpture, and also to reflect on what I envision with painting at this time, its relevance, and how I can play my part as an artist.
Initially used as a sketching method to play with light, themes, compositions and colors, the series generated within this process have slowly become a body of work that stand on its own.
I might confess that having been stopped from my usual pace of production, has built in a very exciting inner pressure.
Lately I’ve been working on a small oil painting that should appear on this site in a couple of days, and hopefully many more will follow.
Wishing you all a magnificent New Year, filled with love, joy, art, health, acceptance, wholeness
and anything that make your soul vibrate to some great new levels!
"Welded" Oil on Dura-Lar (polyester film), 9 x 12 inches / painted surface: 10-1/4 x 8 inches, April 2018, Sold.
On my new page: New Small Work
"Copper glow" Oil on wood panel, 10 x 8 inches, January 2017, Sold.
On my site via New Small Work
As some of you already know,
the recent months have brought some unexpected detours and challenges that forced me to make a pause in my art production.
Taking care of my life partner 7/7 as he has lost his autonomy for about 3 months in such a shocking way, has also changed our outlook on life forever. But, happily for both of us, we are natural born peace warriors and always share and have the instinct to take the best part of everything. He’s doing great now and so I am, then I have the space to resume on that transitional path started at the beginning of 2017.
I entered a transition last year when I started to feel trapped in my own production. I’ve always been passionate about visual arts in any of its forms from traditional to contemporary, and having explored more fields of visual expression than solely painting, the questioning then started to grow, bringing that seductive mix of anxiety and excitement inherent to any creative endeavour.
That uncomfortable burning feeling was the answer I needed to rediscover. I could add more, but I’m a visual artist, not a writer,
so let’s see where all of this will lead me to in 2018!
Here's the link to a new page on this site (also via the menu bar): New Small Work
where I will post new small oil paintings along with drawings, watercolors and mixed media works as they become available.
While this year I aim to produce larger pieces for galleries, I’m thrilled to share and offer more affordable art directly from the site.
Until April 2018 you can also get 20% up to 30% of reduction from my retail pricings for these artworks.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
For those who are not on Facebook, I want to inform you that something bad has happened to my partner in life last September, hence I’ve been quiet on this blog for quite some time now.
Without entering into the details regarding the event, I had to make a pause on my production in order to be with him.
More than two months later, Michel having regained a large part of his autonomy,
I can go back to the studio and resume where everything stopped.
I’m currently finishing a project from last summer and have also started two new small format series.
The first is an oil-on-panel series and the second is planned to be an exploration integrating drawing, watercolor and acrylic on polyester film.
In parallel, I’ll continue my research and experiments that will be shared regularly on my new Tumblr: related matter. Here’s the link: https://pierreraby-relatedmatter.tumblr.com/
To be continued…
Have a nice weekend everyone!
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