In the latest issue of The Art of the Portrait, The Journal of the Portrait Society of America (volume XI, Issue 46), there is an interview with artist Jeremy Lipking conducted by Lauren Harris. In a response to Harris' question, "What is the core message that you wish to communicate with your artwork?" Lipking gave a very candid answer, which I think echoes many artist's beliefs. Lipking responded:
This might sound like a weird answer to some people but I usually don't have a message I'm trying to communicate through my art. I usually do a painting just for the joy of creating. While art is a great medium to make a statement, some great paintings were made just for the fun of it with no message underneath. I think a mistake some critics and connoisseurs of art make is to try and find a message or an underlying subtext in every painting created. It's like if you look hard enough at burnt toast you can eventually find the Virgin Mary.
The Art of the Portrait full-color newsletter is included with membership in the Portrait Society of America, as is a subscription to the magazine, International Artist. Later this year, the Portrait Society of America will be holding its 12th annual conference in Washington, D.C. from April 22 through the 25. These conferences are always a lot of fun, with presentations, vendor sales, portfolio reviews, and, of course, the portrait competition.
Later this year, Lipking will also be having another solo show at New York's Arcadia Gallery. The exhibition, to which I am looking very forward, will be held from June 10 through the 25.