Artists are the visual and conceptual explorers. I have to challenge my intellect with new and changing techniques, concepts, as well as new ways of handling material. Inspiration leads me to new discoveries which continually change, nudging me along in this artistic universe.

Many of my pieces continue to incorporate an integration of the figure, with textures weaving in and out of vague environments that surround us. We are part of this texture with dynamic figure forms of shape and color. Other inspiration comes from the great Austrian artist Gustav Klimt who incorporated wonderful patterns woven into the figure forms and surrounding environment. They became shapes of their own with an individual personality unlike the abstract textures that I use in many of my other paintings.

Other studies include concepts that challenge my use of figure segments in compositions with light as the important subject. Some subjects play on light as if it were emanating from within the form. Others use high contrast as well as completing many smaller segments of the figure as individual pieces that are attached quilt like to complete one larger piece which at first looks abstract until each segment is studied. I find this another way of looking at the complexities of the figure and the mood that each creates.

Larry Forgard


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