B. Alan Heisler – Q1 Art Competition – Artist Portfolio Magazine
“Art is not what you see, what you see are pictures.
Art is not how you feel about the pictures, what you feel is already inside you.
Art is not the skill or talent applied in picture making; craftsmanship can only be a vehicle in the making.
Conflict between psyche and spirit compels subjective expression.
Art is the moment of that expression.
Nothing else matters.”
I’m a self-taught artist, born 1955, Columbus, Ohio.
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated with drawing, painting and making things of aesthetic value. My journey in art began as a childhood fascination and has always been important to my life. Thoroughly enamored, teaching myself the principles of artistic construction became a driving force. My early studies began in illustration – storyboarding, commercial illustration and advertising – but I was never satisfied with the constraints that illustration for hire required. I developed a compulsion to express my inner self through visual art. Fine art became my passion.
The study of early 20th Century art led me to believe that I was indeed a cubist. But I soon discovered myself to be a surrealist at heart. The strangest part is that nearly all my inspiration has come from the art of the cubists. I can think only of a few surrealist, as innovative as many have been, to have inspired me to create. I find myself – spiritually and philosophically – within the surrealistic realm, but my applications most always support the elements of cubistic construction. Cubistic-surrealism, I have come to call it; and it has become the visual principle on which my artistic philosophy is founded.
I currently reside with my wife in our new house in Blacklick, Ohio where my main studio is located.
Reach me online at firstname.lastname@example.org
or P.O. Box 677 Brice OH 43019.