Philip Buller

"I apply paint, remove paint - creating and obscuring forms. A form must be fully realized before it can be obscured. The ambiguity of a blurred image often encourages me to reach below a literal interpretation of form.

When this happens, it is less possible to grab onto a specific image and I am then compelled to remain within the realm of experience rather than the realm of reproduction. In this process my own engagement as a viewer guides me toward receiving the image rather than identifying it by naming it or placing it in a psychological or historical context.

What makes this process so challenging for me is that the evolution of the paintings themselves seems to resist conscious intention. I try to remember that the meaning, if there is any at all, will emerge in it's own time, leaving me with an awareness that the work cannot be hurried. When the painting is resolved, I feel as though something has arrived, like a fruit in an orchard, visible as an organic thing. In such moments I know that the painting is itself the meaning.

When I am engaged in the painting process, I am of course conscious of the sensations, thoughts, and associations. But rather than following them into the quagmire of willful, even enthusiastic intention toward constructing a certain meaning, I try to instead wait to be touched.

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Woman with Flowered Cloth
52 in x 48 in
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The Steps
60 in x 68 in
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The Shore
48 in x 60 in
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Somebody's Ancestor
26 in x 30 in
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Line of Men
30 in x 50 in
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Sunday
48 in x 52 in
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Shallow Water
68 in x 80 in
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Foam
40 in x 48 in
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Red Run
48 in x 72 in
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Ways
72 in x 94 in
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Here
40 in x 32 in
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Vulnerability
68 in x 80 in
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Children #1
56 in x 48 in
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Late Ride
30 in x 26 in
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Blue Rider
26 in x 30 in
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Track
80 in x 68 in
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Workers
60 in x 48 in
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Swans
32 in x 40 in
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Storm
68 in x 80 in
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Two Women
48 in x 52 in
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Straight Line
68 in x 80 in
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