The images depicted in this series are both straightforward and fanciful: places that exist and places that can only be visited in one's imagination. Triptych and Nature are new digital versions of earlier work that was first realized in the more conventional medium of oils and acrylics on canvas. Evening Lights features an image of comet Hale-Bopp, which last put in an appearance in 1996. The Healing Hand, The Sacred Grove, and The Birth of Adam, among others, were part of an earlier series called "Dream Blankets."
The idea of a dream blanket was that one placed a particular blanket on the bed in order to have a certain kind of dream. While I had the original intention of printing the dream blankets on large pieces of cloth, large enough to be used as bedspreads, I have had the opportunity thus far of printing only a few sections of dream blanket on cloth. The result was wonderful, but impractical at the moment. The process of giclée printing, however, enables me to realize the dream blankets on highly textured linen papers.
Waiting for Magritte is a conscious tribute to the Belgian Surrealist. "My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?' It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, either. It is unknowable." — René Magritte
©1996-2009 by Brian Skinner