Ron Hurst Artist Statement
My realistically rendered images of pristine landscapes and Lotus flowers show a world in “splendid deterioration,” threatened by Climate change. My cow series reflects “Cows in a Human Context” and the reality that bovines are a commodity to be exploited, a paradox when one considers the negative effects on human nutrition and the environment. Cows, like humans, are social animals, socialized and bred to be outliers in every respect. Painting is my way of dealing with life’s paradoxes and the life long process of discovery.
Art, by R. Hurst
As Statement: “Art should evoke questions for the viewer to answer, ...or evoke a story. The artist’s intent is, for the viewer, not always obvious or important but is necessary for successful art. Putting a title to a work provides a hint as to the artist’s intent and may be used to affect (manipulate) a specific response from the viewer”.
As Entertainment: “Art should be entertaining while provocative. Art that repulses may not even be art".
As Decoration: “If art is not aesthetically appealing it will ultimately end up in the attic, the cellar, or the garbage”.
Is Political: “Art can effect a change in consciousness and therefore can be political".
evoke questions.... have ambiguity.
evoke a story .... my story may not be the viewer’s story.
entertain .... evoke smiles, emotions and be perceived as worth indulgement.
have aesthetic appeal .... beautiful pictures of ugly stuff is better than ugly pictures.