Stanley Beilin

  Stanley Bielen, Orange, 2011, oil on panel, 8 5/8 x 7 1/8"

Life has room for many different voices. Oftentimes people with the loudest and most persuasive manner of speaking claim most of the attention, but then there comes along that rare sort of person who knows how to listen well, thinks deeply, and doesn't speak unless he/she has something worthwhile to say. 

Stanley Bielen's "Orange" is deceptively simple in content and quiet in delivery, but the meditative quality of the brushwork and color choices capture my complete attention. I think the background color undergoes one of the most subtle transformation I have ever seen in paint, from a barely warm pale grey behind the oranges to an ever-so-slightly cooler pale grey just before the table edge. 

As with Susan Jane Walp's work, "Orange" doesn't seem to have much to do with the "Daily Painting Movement". This painting seems to sit far away from all that hustle and fuss, and it seems to me that it could have taken the artist one day to paint, many days to paint, or longer. The time wasn't importantwhat mattered was getting it right.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your well thought out comments on one of my favorite painters, Stanley Bielen.


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