Ashfield artist Robert Masla is grateful for important employees who are sometimes neglected however are not any much less important to an entire, functioning, affluent human society.
So he has put collectively a solo exhibit of latest oil and watercolor work, “Gratitude: The Unrecognized Important Staff Sequence,” that can be on view on-line starting Oct. 1 or on the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton.
“Most of us are aware of the important employees who’re apparent to us throughout these difficult pandemic instances — well being care employees, medical doctors, nurses, and so on.,” he mentioned. “Hopefully this time has additionally introduced a heightened consciousness and appreciation to people who although offering these important providers, they continue to be unrecognized of their worth to society at giant.”
He listed lecturers, service individuals, postal employees, immigrant farmers, artists, musicians, writers, EMT’s, custodians, poets, social employees, dancers, restore individuals, ” and so on. and so on.,” including that “maybe essentially the most impassioned of those, (and unpaid), are the ‘Defenders of a Actual Democracy’ who’re fashioned by the entire various members and occupations of society, depicted within the work ‘Take a Knee: Rural Communities in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter’ (oil 22”x72″) and ‘The 30th of Might: Persecution of the Defenders of Actual Democracy’ (oil 48″x72″) which are on show on this exhibition on the R. Michelson Galleries.”
A full-time skilled artist whose exhibition historical past extends over 40 years, Masla’s canvases, murals and portraits could be present in the US and in Mexico in quite a few private and non-private collections. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in each nations and in numerous books and publications.
All through his greater than 40-year profession, his work has moved from visionary and symbolic work, to landscapes, notably from, however not restricted to the areas round his houses and studios in western Massachusetts and Mexico. His work has moved from trompe-l’oeil nonetheless lifes to summary collages to portraits to murals. These are executed in quite a lot of strategies and quite a lot of media — oil paint, alkyd, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, digital collage, charcoal, water soluble graphite, sumi-e ink.
“I don’t name myself a watercolorist or ‘oilist’ or ‘portraitist or ‘landscapeist’ or both impressionist, surrealist, realist or abstractionist,” he mentioned.
Typically he has been requested what’s his favourite medium, and he replies, “Paint.”
Though Masla makes a residing as an artist, artwork to him is greater than a product:
“It’s a course of as nicely, it’s also a lifestyle, of seeing, being and doing – of connecting with myself and with the universe round me.”
Artwork, like life, is just not simply outlined, he mentioned; it’s “a mirrored image and a part of the good thriller we name the universe, (some would name God). Again within the ’70s, after I was continually grappling with such existential questions, I coined the time period SpiritRealism, to consult with art work and a way of life that mirrored these issues, and had no ‘stylistic boundaries.’”
As an artist, Masla’s intention all the time has been to make use of his work as a non secular observe, a type of ritual and meditation, a observe that finally helps him transcend his restricted ego and attain a spot of non-judgmental consciousness and openness. “It grounds me within the current second so I can join with the artistic move of nature that surrounds me and is me. We’re all part of creation unfolding, and I see my position as an artist to play my half as co-creator, and hopefully assist others make that connection by my work,” he mentioned. “All of us go about our work and our lives, hopefully attempting to be current, conscious and compassionate. In my case, quite a lot of that point is spent making artwork, and if I’m nonetheless sufficient, current sufficient, I’m able to join – to be within the place of my essence — open consciousness — that’s the place spirit is, and also you catch it on the in breath, aha, the in-spiration.”
Masla graduated from The Faculty of the Museum of Tremendous Arts at Tufts College with a bachelor of high quality arts diploma and diploma in portray in 1979 and obtained a grasp’s in high quality arts in portray and artwork historical past from The Metropolis School of New York in 1986.
His exhibit, “Gratitude: The Unrecognized Important Staff Sequence,” can be out there on-line starting Oct. 1 or on the gallery (masks and social distancing required). Masla can be on the gallery Oct. 3, from Three to eight p.m. and Oct. four from 1 to eight p.m. and by appointment.
The gallery is at 132 Predominant St., Northampton.
For extra info, go to MaslaFineArt.com or RMichelson.com.