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The inventor of the object-oriented abstract and raw experience impressionism has a dark side that not everyone gets to see. This artist may be known for bright colors, but an expressionist side has found its way into our night gallery. In these paintings we present works that show a trail of tears washed with a palette of pain. Once you know the story behind these works, your life may be changed forever...
Regina Lafay (lobby)
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J. Dobyns (balcony)
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"I've grown tired of whining bios and overblown artist's statements, so here's the inside dope:
"As a self-taught artist my interest lies exclusively in what I
create and its transformational power. I do not primarily seek critical acclaim nor am I interested in playing the
politics of art, but I am very interested in the creative flow and the mission
of my art. What is that mission? Twofold; First, to preserve the last images of
a dying part of America through paint, hopefully expressing elements of the world
that a camera cannot see, and by so doing prick the consciences of the
self-important Pharisees of the world.
"I grew up in difficult times. My family was homeless quite often and there was violence and alcoholism. I'm sure those things shaped who I am and the stories themselves can be rather dramatic, but this page is about my art not my suffering and I have done much to overcome all of that. Art was my escape from this world and I showed some early promise as a landscape artist. But I wanted more.
"I didn't pursue art as a career, instead I studied sociology and theology, and became a roaming philosopher. Only later in life did I return to my first love, and that was on a fluke: A friend needed a book illustrated immediately because the flaky artist who was supposed to do the artwork failed to meet deadline after deadline. I stepped in. That seemingly chance encounter with my old companion reawakened my artistic self and redirected my life. What about the "escape" factor I mentioned in the previous paragraph? Art still performs this same function for me to a degree, but it is also about my mission and purpose. I've added together elements of my unusual life, my extensive study of religion and metaphysics, my knowledge of science, psychology and many other things together to make my own art-world; a place where people may have their minds changes without even knowing it."
-- Chriss PaganiRoadside Artist Outsider Art Gallery, extensive collection of Chriss Pagani works, impressionist, abstract paintings.
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