I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Hawaii in 1996. I stayed on the island of Oahu, playing in the mighty ocean waves, visiting historical sites, and absorbing the culture. Even though it’s been years, the beauty of this place has stayed with me. I understand why some people go there to vacation and never leave. My pictures from that week hold memories, but they can’t possibly tell the story of how beautiful this place is. That’s just one of the many reasons I’m thankful for artists like David Friedman, who can take something that’s already breathtaking–and make it even more so.
David’s acrylic landscape painting that’s named after the Oahu community Waimanalo, has done just that. This acrylic art is featured in AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs, a collection of works from 116 acrylic artists who push the limits of this medium. David speaks to his use of color with acrylic paint here.
|Waimanalo (acrylic on canvas, 24×30) by David Friedman. See more acrylic art from David at www.davidfriedmanart.com.|
“Using the spectrum, the sequenced colors of the rainbow, as a conceptual device was an early breakthrough that helped me to beautifully clarify certain visual ideas,” he explains. “From then on, color–and the nature of light–became my focus, journey, passion, and metaphor.
|A Brief History of Flight in America (acrylic on
hardboard, 9×12) by Michael James Riddet, is also
featured in AcrylicWorks 2. Click the image to see
a larger version.
“Paths, roads, trails, vistas . . . many of my paintings visually break through space, penetrating the flat canvas to open a perceptual and emotional window to create an experience of engagement.
“Color is the language of spirit. My palette depicts vitality, essence, and delight. As a colorist, I believe acrylics have the presence and personality to provide me with the vivid range of brilliant hues that make tangible my visions.”
David’s love for acrylic is easy to see, and he’s not alone in this feeling. Discover more acrylic artists who bend and break the rules of painting in Acrylic Works 2: Radical Breakthroughs. It’s available for pre-order now in the Interweave store.