Don't stress, just paint

Some painters (and the work they produce) radiate a carefree ease that may well belie the rigorous practice that lies behind everything they do. Sometimes the outcome of a work, or a body of work will give little away with regard to the dynamic that went into producing it. Matisse is one such artist. His intensity of vision, his single-mindedness and pursuit of 'light' can leave you marvelling at the wonder of his work without any sense of its agony of production. It seems that is the way he wanted it. 

Jason Berger, is a painter of pure delight. He died as recently as 2010 and though I know little about him, save a few things accessible on the web, he appeared to enjoy himself. This can sometimes be seen as a creative cardinal sin. Can anything worthwhile be born of enjoyment! I think that his boldness to create without walking the tightrope of fear – the fear of failure – is what makes his best paintings satisfy. They appear unworried, unburdened from having to match a list of criteria beyond the joy of making. This of course may lay them open to accusations of being lightweight, of not being properly realised and amateurish (it appears he has little time for revision). I like them because they have a skip to their step. I like them because they are what they are. Jason Berger knew his stuff – as his CV will tell you – he just never seems overwhelmed by it.




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