Denver Art Museum: Funds from Friends of Painting and Sculpture, 1998.321
Photography Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum
This past month, I traveled to see a number of artist’s studios in Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Maine. These are all working studios. They have an organizational logic all their own, like small garden plots. Many need weeding, but I imagine that the artists prefer the mess. Some have large cushioned chairs. Some have stools. Many have easels. Images— sketches, drawings, postcards, quotes— “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense,” Picasso. Add to the intended horror vacui in books, magazines, and newspapers piled high. Lighting fixtures dot the space overhead—many are clamp lamps. Some have wide flat drawers for works on paper. Some have crumbled paper littering everywhere. For purposes of rendering the figure, or for company, some have stuffed animals, life-size manikins, many have masks dotting the walls. Some have books organized while others, just piles of books, magazines, and newspapers piled high. Lighting fixtures dot the space overhead—many are clamp lamps. Some have northern facing windows, some have mirrors. Some studios have stations—a drawing zone, a print making quarter, a pastel area. All have more art supplies than what anyone would have purchased in a couple of lifetimes. All of these private spaces are the settings where artists struggle, face challenges, and continue to work day after day, after day. The works they produced are simply a frozen moment of their running artistic journeys. We saw many of these brilliant results at the silent auction event on June 12th. Thanks to the artists who contributed, as well as to the many who participated in the event, the McDonald’s who sponsored it, and to all the members of FOPAS who make this one very special support group for the Department of Painting & Sculpture.
Dr. Timothy J. Standring
FOPAS Board 2014 - 2015