Joan Farago, Emotional Landscapes – Through December 1st, 2013
I create paintings and monotypes that I call “emotional landscapes”—their scenes resemble nature with a focus on spiritual and human elements and influences. To me the relationship between spirit, man and earth is inseparable and essential to communicate our experience and journey.
To achieve this task, I abstract and personify images nature seems to call out to me by blending together a language of symbols and colors. As I work, I combine layers of vibrant colors to build up the finer focal points while purposely leaving drips and stains to create a roughness and sense of dimension. A re-occurring circular shape refers to our connections to the physical and spiritual world and the inescapable time line that defines our lives. Each piece seems to insist on its own visuals and comes to life combining its own rhythm, motion and message.
Although each artwork’s composition is far from simple looking, the methods I adhere to lay within the ancient Japanese aesthetic called “wabi-sabi.” This philosophy acknowledges three simple realities: nothing is perfect, nothing is finished, and nothing lasts. This visual mantra stems from my exposure and influence to Japanese art and techniques, as well as a kinship to American abstract expressionism.
Sequence begins from left of doorway into restaurant proper.
#1 Burst, 2012 acrylic/linen, 32” x 72” $1,000.
A star like web bursts into view
**Featured on advertisement for 2013 Scarab Club exhibition
#2, 3, 4, 5 Beyond Your Dreams Such Wonders and Marvels, 2013 acrylic/linen, 30” x 120”
$1,200. These four panels describe the incredible mysterious forces at play when creating in the fine arts (four canvas)
#6 Music Manna, 2010 acrylic/linen, 20” x 16” $250.
Muses at work creating the magic of music
#7 D Cells and Propels #1, 2013 acrylic/linen, 16” x 28” $400.
A gentle rain carrying seeds of change falls onto a rusted and gritty landscape
#8 Ewa”s Reach, 2012 acrylic/ linen, 30” x 48” $750.
The rushing and splashing of paint reminds one of the water at the shoreline
**Silver medal winner Scarab Club 2013
#9, 10 Eleuthra, 2011 acrylic/linen, 64” x 72” $1,800.
Feeling the healing warmth of the sun as it streams across a mystical place
#11 Blue Batchwana, 2012 acrylic/linen, 16” x 16” $225.
Northern Blues affect a landscape
#12 Plum Batchwana, 2012 acrylic/linen, 16” x 16” $225.
Like colorful pieces of a puzzle describe the landscape
Foyer – #13 Batchwana’s Shadow, 2012 acrylic/linen 16” x 34” $500.
A watery reflection of an outlined figure echo’s the landscapes first people
Please inquire with the artist to purchase or request information about commission.
joanfaragoartist.com – email: firstname.lastname@example.org – 313-610-5932
About Joan Farago
I was born and raised in the Detroit area; studied art at Michigan State University and Wayne State University and my studio is in the historic Pioneer building in Midtown Detroit. My artwork reflects the beautiful colors of Michigan and can be found in local and regional exhibitions as well as individual and corporate collections.