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Don Haggerty   Figurative Painting     Gallery IX


During my years of making art, there have been a handful of books that have wielded a huge influence on my art path, and one of them is titled, The Chinese on the Art of Painting (by Osvald Siren).  In this book, Siren presents the writings of Chinese painters beginning as far back as the fourth century.  And in their writings, they divulge the secrets of their art.

“To express an idea or to represent an object properly,” wrote one master, “it must be turned over and over again in the mind, until it unites with the soul.” Another wrote, “Painting must be sought beyond the shapes, to reach the pulse-beat of the undefinable spirit of life.” And another, “The flower grows and opens into bloom when the season is ripe.”

If an artist is fortunate enough, and if that artist has been diligent in living life and going about the task of making their art, there comes a time in the artist’s life when form finally gives way to spirit.  And it’s in this spirit that I've begun a new series of work titled,

"Somewhere between Heaven and Earth"

Primarily dance-inspired, this series taps into the endless inspirations to be found in intertwined groupings of active figures.  Often silhouetted, or dimly lit, their shapes become other-worldly.  The revelations are rich, and the outcomes are always surprising.

-- Don Haggerty

   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                      

 

 

                      

 

                      

 

 

                      

 

 

                      

 

 

                 

 

 

                 

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Dancers--Figure Study XXIV
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Dancers--Figure Study XXIII
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Dancers--Figure Study XXII
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Dancers--Figure Study XXI
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Dancers--Figure Study XX
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Dancers--Figure Study XIX
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Dancers--Figure Study XVIII
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Dancers--Figure Study X
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Dancers--Figure Study XI
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Dancers--Figure Study XII
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Dancers--Figure Study XIII
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Dancers--Figure Study XIV
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Dancers--Figure Study XV
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Dancers--Figure Study XVI
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Dancers--Figure Study XVII
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