C. J. Lori

The desire to have another see through my eyes is a compelling motivation for my work. To me, painting is a form of communication through which I try to convey my experience so that the viewer will see what I see and feel what I feel. I exaggerate or distort color, form and composition to emphasize sensations that are often contradictory: clarity and mystery, excitement and sorrow, beauty and decay.

 

In the “Trees Leaving” series, these contradictions also incorporate a touch of humor. They are part homage to Magritte’s floating men in bowler hats, part ecological statement and part religious allegory.

 

I paint a landscape as a metaphoric portrait in which we can see ourselves. The shapes, gestures and surfaces of the trees reveal my affinity for anthropomorphosis. Despite its status as scientific taboo, I prefer to explore the empathic implications of humanizing the elements of landscape. By identifying with our environment, we are more likely to appreciate
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After Hours, After Inness (Evening Landscape) oil on cradled panel , 24 x 36 x 2 inches , 2010 Before the Long Winter oil on cradled panel , 18 x 36 inches , 2011
Endeavor oil on canvas, 24 x 24 x 2 inches, 2010 C.J. Lori: Harlech Rising
Last Look Back oil on cradled panel , 16 x 20 inches , 2010 Opening Night, Great Island oil on canvas , 12 x 36 inches , 2010