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Andrew Purchin / Statement

I’m a citizen artist.  I explore the frontier, the edge of intimacy or conflict.  I go on pilgrimages where I’m the plein-air painter, the prophet or the fool in the midst of some devotion.  I collaborate with the public and with other artists from lands afar. 

I often create in unusual locations sometimes being a creative witness to events, both benign and terrible.  Yesterday’s celebration can be combined with today’s disaster.

Some kind of calligraphy arrives as I let my brush dance with the movement of people and nature.

The resulting works are often multilayered as I bring the canvases through many locations and stories. 

I try to make both the ordinary and the unfathomable my stomping ground. 

Andrew Purchin, 2016