Seth Michael Forman

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About Painting

My process of imaging is like dreaming and daydreaming.  It is also an exploration of autobiographical themes. By depicting both real and invented people set within remote fictional landscapes, I create characters who play roles like actors on a stage. The viewer is placed at a temporal and physical distance outside of the scenes like a voyeur looking in on private moments.

Click for images While I embrace traditional modes of painting, I have no desire to explicitly illustrate narratives, no stories to tell. My paintings develop over many months, sometimes years, as I draw from dreams and memories and odd details in the world around me. Mystery and ambiguity of meaning sustain my interest during long periods of crafting images, illuminating them with paint. Through my obsession with multilayered oil pigment and translucently glazed surfaces, I hope to develop a personal mythology and an imaginary world.