Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paul Heald 1962


This painting just came to me as a trade for work. When I first saw it my jaw dropped and I wished it was mine... 3 days later it IS mine. Here is a nice quote about him, I think I might become a collector of his work...
"Paul Heald, in addition to having produced some of the most immaculately painted pictures ever to come out of Seattle, is rapidly being hailed as an important historical link between the first major era of Northwest art, the Big Four or so called "mystic" painters, and the current modern (or as some would have it ), "post-modern" period. Although he is an abstract geometric artist quite unlike Kenneth Callahan, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, or Guy Anderson, Heald's place in Northwest art rests exactly on his mixture of traditional modern forms (squares, rectangles, diagonals ) with a sense of ecstatic, emotional and yes, "mystical experience.
The growth of Heald's technical mastery alone will provide joy and thought for at least one viewing. Beyond that, it will become clear to those who look before they think, that one other quality also informs the art of Paul Heald: Seattle's ambient daylight. That ever shifting phenomenon-so central to this history of modern art in Seattle- is the link between Heald's art and the world we see around us. More and more, it shall be seen as the unknown key to much of the art of this area. It was Paul Heald who opened the window, so to speak, and let the light of modernism shine through.
        Matthew Kangas
        Spectrum, "Profile of an Artist"
 

4 comments:

Rebecca said...

my life quality improved after hanging out with this painting yesterday. well done art score anne!

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carol dole said...

Beautiful and wonderful painting. I enjoyed reading Kangas' thoughts on the whole "picture." And well done barter!

Mike Lorden said...

Paul passed away on December 1st. Thank you for your post about his work.