10/08/2012

Douglas Ferrin

Douglas Ferrin Figures in an Interior oil on canvas 6'x8' 1987 

This large painting by Douglas Ferrin is chock full of complexity. There is the soulful presence of the two women with the echoing quiet life of the plants, and the intricate pattern of the oriental rugs as contrasted with the sweep of the gorgeously blank white wall to the right. The delicacy of the thin paper lantern seems to float above the heavy wood of the chair and table, and everything exists in a sweep of space that extends far out to the suggested cityscape beyond the two large windows.

Yet everything here, near and distant, living and inanimate, is bound together by the same beautiful wash of cool winter light. Perhaps that is why light itself can seem spiritual- because it can appear to unite us all. 

As for an implied narrative, I love the comment someone left over in The Art Room's Facebook page: What have we interrupted? Interesting questions abound.


Doug Ferrin Waiting for the News oil on canvas 14"x18" 2004



Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Soraci, the month of October will be devoted to looking at paintings that use a window as a central subject. I plan to alternate between contemporary artists and artists from the past. If you have a suggestion (not your own work please), please email me awakeandpainting@gmail.coman image along with a few sentences about the work.  

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