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Hulbert Waldroup with one of his portraits from the
Gallery Stendhal Blackhole Group Show Party.

By the Artist

Hulbert Waldroup

    I am always thinking about art, particularly painting. I don't need to be asked about it or my painting to be thinking of it. Even when I'm not at work...perhaps I'm doing something other than painting...my mind is on the latter.
    The more I paint, the more I want to paint. It seems it's burning within me. When I hold that brush in my hand, I want to go further...I want to explore...the longing to paint controls me. I have to pick up my brush every day.

    Once in a conversation with two of my friends, a painter and a writer, the comparison of art with a jealous lover came up. I thought it was a good symbol or metaphor for what many artists struggle with, or at least I know I do, and that is time. There is the pull to socialize: You have to make time for friends...for family...for relationships in general...What do you do when you simply have to be away from the canvas simply to gain perspective? But, the passion to paint, to write, and to compose, as I think it has been for all artists throughout the ages, always wins. Your friends, your family, any relationship automatically sets itself up in competition for your attention. This is often, too, why the artist gets accused, unfairly, as being selfish.    

One of Mr. Waldroup's Cartoon Character Murals

    When the artist is before the canvas with brush in hand, there is energy being expended that's unlike the energy expended by millions every day on their jobs. When the artist has a brush in his or her hand, it's that energy, which is really only a combination of the emotions and the cognition, what the theologians have referred to as the "soul", that is taking what the imagination has seen from where it has been...and if and only if everything is in sync...brings order to it. That order, as it has been worked out, cognitively and emotionally, becomes concrete reality on the canvas. Wherever the imagination has been and whatever it has seen, is made real, earthy, and comprehensible by this process.

    I think this is why some artists, aestheticians, and art critics have referred to the spiritual nature of art. This is how a great work of art is made, or, if you prefer, created. All those elements, those ingredients have to be present, to be working properly.

    Surrealism is where art begins for me. It opened up for me all the other doors into the art of this century, that is, the whole of modernism. Yet, I continually return and return again to surrealism and especially to the work of its founder, Salvador Dali.

    As an American, my experience is urban. That's how it is, too, for the majority of the population. I believe it would be inauthentic for me, or for that matter any other artist today, to paint landscapes or nature.

    The landscape of the twentieth century is urban. As is commonly known, it's cities that have inspired, often subtlety, in this century more than in any other that preceded it, greatness in art, architecture, music, novels, and plays. Thus, the urban landscape, of which I am intimately acquainted with, is not a weakness. It's a source of strength.

    Of all styles of art modernism has produced, surrealism, I believe is the most viable and potent to express the reality and the truth of urban life and culture. Why? Because, if I understand surrealism correctly, what Dali and Magritte did, was to take reality and show us what it was. It's like taking a garment and turning it inside out. That's how you know how it was made.

    I want to do the same for urban experience. I'm going to turn it inside out and tell you: This is what it's made of, and, if my muse is kind to me, what it means for us all. This is where I want my painting to go.





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