Light, Trees, Mountains, and a Mars Rover

Corinne and Jack Sweet
tags: Art Exhibits

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Images by Albert Wint
Reception: Thu, Dec 19, 6:30-8pm

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

To me each painting is a puzzle with many different solutions. The trick is to solve the puzzle by making the painting balanced while keeping a fresh, energetic, and spontaneous look in the process. I work quickly when I paint and use fast drying acrylics because I like the spontaneous quality that comes from working fast. When it comes to landscapes I usually paint from my imagination. I love the outdoors and often paint mountains and forests; however, I rarely paint outdoors. I may do this when I’m older. But for now the colors I use in landscapes are often not true to reality. Instead I fall back on my subconscious and try not to think too hard about choosing the “right” color. My instincts tend to do that for me. While I sometimes use photos for references, I almost never make my paintings look exactly like a photograph. My painting process now is as simple as it was when I first started drawing. I either paint over my drawings or more often just draw with paint by pushing the paint around with a brush, sometimes scratching the paint off the canvas with an inkless pen until the composition looks balanced.

After I’m finished with a painting I’ll sometimes combine works together into a single frame. Combining paintings in such a way is tricky as the works can either clash and/or complement one another but also help create a story, which is different for every viewer.

My artistic influences are vast; I probably spend just as much (if not more) time looking at art as I do making it. I absolutely love spending a lot of time in art museums. Because of this, there are far too many artists that have influenced me in one way or another to name them all. When I was growing up in Ukraine I learned to draw by attempting to copy drawings of the Russian painters such as Ilya Repin and Velentin Serov. Much later I stumbled upon some amazing art in Las Vegas’ Bellagio Gallery, of all places! It was the first time I had seen works in person by Van Gogh, Monet, Kandinsky and Picasso. The paintings there, especially a painting of Dora Maar by Picasso, set a course in my life which led me to pursue a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from the University of Utah and developed a life-long appreciation for art.

ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY

Albert Wint works on his paintings like puzzles, bringing together lines, shapes and colors as if they were playful pieces rather than fundamentals. The lines turn into shapes that form a skeleton blueprint of a composition. He works the shapes until a composition begins to form. “Since I can never foresee the final product, the solutions are often unexpected,” the artist remarks. The flat forms put down in his distinctive color palette come together to conjure the faces and bodies of remarkable individuals. As they fix the viewer in their gaze, they invoke a push and pull game of distance and irresolvable withholding.

Originating from Kharkov, Ukraine, when it was still a part of the USSR, Wint is profoundly influenced by classical Russian art, music and literature. His cerebral approach to painting was framed by the likes of Ilya Repin and Valentin Serov, but appears thoroughly updated and comparable to contemporary masters of portraiture. Holding a BFA from the University of Utah, Wint’s work has appeared in shows across the US as well as in private collections.

Location: Corinne and Jack Sweet Branch

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