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J.D. Welsh - Modernist Paintings



"Over 25 years as a professional realist sculptor, I have sought to revitalize the medium of low relief with fresh vigor - infusing my work with the visually kinetic energy of living things. Each piece that I have undertaken stands as an invitation into nature's wonderment and the offering of a second chance to embrace that which otherwise may have been overlooked. 

Now through the voice of Modernism, I am endeavoring to re-evaluate the knowledge that I have garnered during my years as a Realist sculptor and to express my subjects through an energetic clarification and distillation of shape and form - thereby exploring symbols, archetypes and the beauty of elemental geometry resident in nature. The works that have emerged, in a style that I call Calligraphic Cubism, are dynamic windows into and direct expressions of the underlying fractured and synchronous structural elements that are intrinsic to relief sculptures' intricate layering process.

Each time I walk into my studio surrounded by these color-filled canvases, I find myself smiling and my mind fills with sound. Tapping, drumming, whistling, ringing, whirring - each painting's voice is slightly different - and the conversations that arise between them resonate lyrically with vibrance and joy."

-J.D. Welsh

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