D A N I E L

B O N N E L L

Artist Statement

 

My painting reflects on the ultimate human need to fulfill an intrinsic longing that extends from birth to death.  Simply put, it is a need to be held.  My art symbolically speaks to this notion, especially with darkness (black) embracing light (color), with negative space enclosing positive space, and with texture calling out to be touched.

 I choose to paint not just on canvas but on grocery bag paper. In my process this surface is surrogate for human skin that reflects life, especially so, when the heavy paper is saturated with pigments, oils, wax, and fragrances.  The concept of using something that was once a utilitarian container also speaks to the theme of being held.

Working on modest surfaces with humble means permits a direction of kenosis in a very natural way. This manner of working becomes a creative conductor that allows me to be held.

 
Daniel Bonnell