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Magic Mountain Painting

Richard Kattman

United States


Size: 72 W x 74 H x 0.1 D in

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Abstract Landscape Painting, 72"x74", Acrylic on Canvas “Magic Mountain was originally titled “Tunnel Creek”. In the Winter of 2012, an article appeared in the Sunday New York Times about a group of world renowned skiers encountering an avalanche, while back country skiing in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The 2012 Tunnel Creek Avalanche occurred on February 19, 2012, in Stevens Pass, a mountain pass through the Cascade Mountain. There were three fatalities. In December 2012, the New York Times published a multimedia feature piece called "Snow Fall”, critically acclaimed, winning the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, about the Tunnel Creek Avalanche For completely unknown reasons I became obsessed with the abstract idea of pure, powdered, dangerous snow and the power, majesty, and breathtaking beauty of inaccessible, remote, mountains. The story of Tunnel Creek filled my thoughts, reminding me of a novel read long ago, Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann, published in 1924. “Magic Mountain”, the painting, is charged with blues, sheer crystalline whites, violets, greens, hidden yellows, and stormy blue grays. The painting implies a sense of vertigo, the rushing feeling of free falling through snow, the stillness, quiet, and danger of Nature, and paint as paint.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:72 W x 74 H x 0.1 D in

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Painting is my passion. Landscape architecture is my profession. I paint large abstract canvases plein-air by the ocean in Rhode Island, and in the vineyards of Tuscany, Italy. My paintings are about nature, and the nature of painting and drawing. Through color, line, and the creation of form, I search for order and meaning. Thematically, my interests center on the landscape abstracted, and pure abstraction in painting. Aerial perspectives, shorthand figure markings, spectrum paints, accidents, and deliberate risk engage, disrupt, and enhance my Art. Over the last several years, I have completed extended stays at Artist's Residences, including Fruitlands Museum, Harvard MA; Tuscany; Nantucket; and Wyoming. These places greatly influence my work emotionally, and fill my canvases with the light, landscape, and culture observed in these dramatically different environments. As a traditionalist, love of family, world travel, classical literature and music, hiking, and gardening provide life’s greatest pleasures. Richard's art is represented by Providence Art Club, Gallery Twist, Saatchi Art, Arts and Business Council of Boston, and DeCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program.

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