Brian rutenberg

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intelligent, authentic and one of a kind... written by Denis Taylor

in the studio with

Every now and then you meet someone who is so understandable and admirable that your description of their work, as a writer, is impossible. Fortunately, as a painter, perhaps I am indeed best positioned to talk about Brian’s work, from purely an insiders viewpoint.

Brian is a great painter and one look at his history and past work is all the reference you need to quantify that statement. But more than a painter, and it’s not often I would say that there is a greater compliment to recognise pure talent than say ‘great painter’ Brian is an Artist in the absolute sense of the word.

An artist that through a natural born talent, an innocence of thought, humility and sincerity, has reached a point of creating work that becomes something beautiful, a demonstration, if you wish, of the absolute sublime. And paintings important of themselves as an object of living feelings. Almost as if Brian transfers all ownership of what his hands and tools puts on the surface to allow the painting to exist as a newly born singularity in the Universe.

There have been painters of the past that have all reached that pinnacle, but to be honest, not that many. And Brian is not and cannot be compared to anyone else, but himself. That’s what makes this artist great, in fact that’s what makes any artist memorable. Today we have the intellectualized frauds of art in numbers, many populate our contemporary museums, but the real Art is in the feelings imbued in it – not the thinking behind it.

Many people fail to understand that great Artists tend not to think – but they are the catalyst for a creative universal force. They take part in the art and not get someone else to make it for them. That’s not Art, that is transferring an idea into an object, which generally is created for commercial reasons and has only monetary value and has very little use to humanity other than its ability to convert one currency into another currency.

When you watch Brian work on a painting, you can actually see the Creative force take control of him and the power of action that generates. It’s an amazing sight to witness how the paint is applied and smeared and scratched scrubbed for no apparent reason, that is until the work is finished and then you view the amazing result. If that description sounds familiar, especially to those that study the history of Art, then you will recognise a certain J.M.W Turner and an eye witness description of how he painted especially noted on the notorious

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