Ulrich de Balbian
Below something I was askled to write for the exhibition of an artist:
The work of the serious artist, like that of R P, are to be viewed and reviewed frequently, but apart from the aesthetic enjoyment it provides it is a sound financial investment. I am fascinated and struck by his work as it reveals an amazing maturity. His maturity and seriousness are confirmed by often restricted palette he employs, like a master; by his subject matter and the fact that he does not attempt to fabricate 'nice pictures', but concerns himself with the exploration of the basic structures of painting, namely color, form, composition and the process of painting itself. In other words all aspects of the contemporary perception of painting as 'making marks on paper' and showing instead of hiding this process as is the case with the traditional idea of viewing painting merely as a tool to depict a recognizable, figurative image.
The act of painting itself and dealing with the basic structures being encountered in this process are what a work is about. When a work leaves the hands of the artist s/he can no longer control the image, the new creation. it becomes whatever meaning the viewer projects on to it, whatever interpretation a viewer projects on it. The artist does control his work forever, for eternity, by the mental hints and perceptual suggestions created by his manipulation of color, form, composition, technique, media, etc. By his often masterly employment and control of these elements R P realizes and insures that his work exhibit multiple meanings and countless interpretations.
Dr Ulrich de Balbian (curator) www.newstylesgallery.info