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My name is Edward Smith, Iíve been a student of the arts since 1963. At age five with the prompting of my father, a singer/musician as was my mother. Living in a family of artist and musicians the arts were a family staple. A graduate of Lansing Eastern High School in 1978 and Kendall School of design, which was a two year commercial art program.
I have taught art since I was 17 years old, beginning at Oak Park Elementary in Lansing, Michigan and continued as a tutor for over thirty years in my home as well as within educational institutions.
I could simplify my statement by stating that the two influences of my art are; H.W. Janson, History of Art and my I-pod Nano filled with music. But realistically at my age there is so much more to my art so much more than even me.
I truly believe that everyone can create art and that is a good thing. But not everyone is an artist, a distinction supported by ones depth of study of the arts. I also believe that every home should have a piece of original art. But in order for this to happen art must be made and made affordable.
Iíve painted many pictures of pretty flowers, scenes and portraits. However, everything is not pretty unfortunately. My painting style is aggressive, sometimes I drop my brushes and go in bare handed like a field surgeon with limited resources, taking what the canvas gives me. My subjects take on realism, impressionism, surrealism and abstract imaging primarily taken from my sketches.
My favorite works are what Iíve labeled, surpressionistic paintings. Suppressionist Art defined is the use of visual media to communicate logical thinking by encompassing both cultural and social truths with the physiological. Suppressionist paintings deliberately recognize a truth, by liberating repressed truths that lay dormant in the unconscious mind. Awakening those truths to the conscious mind for confrontation and clarification for resolution via visual stimulus used to remove all defenses and contributors of resistance to an unconscious truth.
The characteristics of Suppressionist paintings are; the elimination of censorship, (its okay to take a look).
It initiates self-assessment, by question ďWho am I, really and what are my true thoughtsĒ.
Suppressionist paintings have the romantic qualities of surrealism and or the ever-changing colors against light, as in impressionist art.
As for me I am no different from the tools of my craft being synonymous and in actuality when we combine (man and materials) only then does art becomes reality and the unconscious truths, are restored to the conscious mind.