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Steve Walker

Michael Freed

I see my work as a documentation, an interpretation, a crystallization of singular moments rendered in line, color, light, shadow, using a hundred brushes, a thousand colors, and a million brushstrokes. I strive to make people stop, ifonly for a moment, think and actually feel something. My paintings contain as many questions as answers.

I have never pretended to represent, depict, or even understand every homosexual or the sub-cultures within a gay culture. No heterosexual has ever represented all heterosexual people or their life experiences. It would be both naive and false for me to even attempt to do so with gay people. It simply never occurred to me to paint about themes in any other context than that of my own life as a person who happens to be gay. Why would I create paintings whose context was anything other than the truth of my life as a gay man? I have worked within the confines of a realist painter, depicting moments. I think my paintings are far more about the experience of life, than "gay life".

I think of my paintings as songs. The visual impact of the painting is the music, and the actual content (what is happening) is the words. Of course, for many people, the words do not matter, and for others, vice versa. The ideas for paintings come from everywhere. From that which I have personally seen or experienced, to things that are a more universal part of the human condition. I tend to be able to look at life as a whole, made up of individual moments. I may think for years before making a specific painting, while another idea may become a painting days after the initial inspiration. I constantly make notes and sketches of ideas, for fear that I may forget them.

"Realism, Classicism, Romanticism...I really do not think too much about what "style" I am painting in. I taught myself, so I guess it is my own style. I'm sure that I have been greatly affected (both positively and negatively, both consciously and subconsciously) by everything my eyes have seen. My mind processes this information into an image, and my right hand creates a painting. I hope that my paintings inspire, entertain, provoke, challenge, and in a small way make this world a more beautiful place to live. I hope that they live on long after all of us.

Represented by Lyman-Eyer Gallery, 432 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, tel. 508-487-3937,




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