მინტონი (Joseph Minton)
Joseph Minton is best known for his expressionist and abstract expressionist paintings and drawings. His artworks commonly feature bold lines, dramatic color and melancholy subject matter. His art tends to tell the story or a darker view of life as he paints images of mankind in its most fragile and exposed states. The artists paintings at first glance may appear dark, morose or unpleasant to some; but after closer examination their true beauty is revealed as one considers the complexity and delicate nature of the emotions conveyed through his works.
Through Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism, Minton revels in depicting raw and unsuppressed emotion. He seems to almost condense the emotion displayed in his works into is purest form allowing the viewer to not just see but feel what his artwork is depicting. Perhaps the artist’s style can best be summed up in his own words.
“I believe that art should be more than just brush stokes on canvas showing a precise and literal duplication of an event or location. Art, or true art I should say, is far more than that. True art captures emotions, feelings and the energy of the object, setting or event that is being depicted. It goes far deeper then the cold, flat surface of duplication. True art has an entity of its own, it is alive, and has the ability to speak, effect, move and convey emotions to it’s viewer. This is why I personally choose to paint in derivatives of expressionism.”
Born in 1974, Joseph Minton is a self taught artist who began painting at the age of 18. Though he has no formal art training he quickly began to master the use of oil paints. Formulating his own techniques that combine semi transparent color washes with bold lines, he has created a style that is all his own. In many of his works you will find his signature paint streams that seem to emphasize a dichotomy of precision and lack of control. His works are also commonly recognized by his use of heavy texture seen in works such as “Inside”, “The Drunk 2” and “The Tree”.
When asked why he paints Expressionist works, Minton answered: “Though I greatly admire and appreciate other art forms, expressionism is the one style that really speaks to me. When I look at the works of Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh, Emile Nolde, Ernst Kirchner and Egon Schiele I am moved. Expressionist works can grab hold of your heart, they can make you sympathize, relate, cry, smile, reconsider, contemplate and cringe. There are few things in this world that I enjoy more than viewing a painting and having it make me feel something.”
Unlike most artists, Minton is unusual in the sense that he does not attempt to show his works or display his works in museums. Instead he paints purely from the desire to create and to expel the images that enter his mind into a tangible form. He considers his work to be very personal and feels that it is not meant to be accepted by the masses but more appreciated by the few. Minton explains this when he says “I consider my work to be a success when I can spend hours looking at it yet still not become bored with it. I believe that art in it’s most simple terms is the combination of emotion and creation, life’s two most precious and beautiful gifts. The most sensitive and passionate people have the greatest ability to either create or appreciate art. In a way you allow people to see who you truly are when you paint in an expressive manner. You allow the viewer to see things that you tell no one, witness your pain, joy, love and sadness. They view your soul, the depths of your mind, your highest highs and your lowest lows.” These are just a few of the characteristics that make Joseph Minton such a unique and interesting artist.
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