Jack Madson self portrait
Self Portrait


My painting has evolved into a non-figurative idiom. I do not paint from models, sketches, photographs or objects of any sort, but depend on visual memories and inner fantasies, from years of study and experience. There is no pre-conceived image as a final goal. However, I choose two or three colors with which I want to work and also decide if the work will be horizontal or vertical.

I start with compressed charcoal drawing, smudging, erasing, gradually introducing color. When there is enough division of space and hints of motion, the work itself becomes a participant in its own completion. The intent is to reach a state in which the painting takes an identity of its own, not dependent on or distracted by anything outside itself.

- Jack Madson