Michael Farmer

Phoenix, United States

Michael Farmer’s work uses light and shadow to create surreal yet abstract imagery that explores worlds beyond our own.

“SURREALISM, noun, Pure psychic automatism by which it is intended to express, either verbally or in writing, the true function of thought. Thought dictated in the absence of all control exerted by reason, and outside all aesthetic or moral preoccupations.”

Andre Breton, The Surrealist Manifesto

These words from one of the founding members of Surrealism have as much resonance for my art as they had for the artists of the movement when they were written nearly a century ago. That is why I allow my paintings to be a product of unfettered creativity. I approach the blank canvas divested of any preordained composition or aspirations to a “pretty picture,” letting the spontaneity of my brush lead me to the wild, unpredictable images that will ultimately manifest themselves in the final painting. I often start with lights and shadows that develop into narratives that live outside of logic and rationale. These narratives take me to what the anthropologist and novelist Carlos Castaneda called a “Separate Reality.” I let my intuitive command of line, shape and, color construct a truth depicted that is simultaneously in tandem and tangential to our own ordinary everyday existence. Using traditional techniques in unconventional ways I reveal insights that inspire and intrigue. My art puts the realm of the subconscious on display so that we may perceive psychological and metaphysical worlds that are the domain of poets, mystics, and prophets.

  • Joined: June 2017
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