“Abstract Realism”? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Abstract Realism is a real Art form that is a marriage of two contradictory terms, Abstract art and Realistic art. Abstract art exists through patterns, colors, texture and line without the need for an external motivation. Realistic art consists of art that aims to replicate nature such as Photography. When these two elements combine to create an abstract impression of real life, you get abstract realism. When I look at a tree, the branches, the roots, the bend in the tree limbs, how a ridge breaks on the coastline or an isolated cloud floating alone, or giant organic shaped boulders in the desert, my imagination tells me what colors I see, what textures cover a surface, what light I see and what happened just before I got there. It’s not about the information that is being transmitted to my brain by my eyes. For me, it’s about what story and images my imagination tells me based on what emotions I was going through at the time I visually experienced something. That is how I see. That is what I put on the canvas.
About the Artist
Brad Sergi’s mixed media paintings and photos have been displayed in various showings in Burbank and Santa Clarita such as B & R Gallery, city hall, the mall, various libraries and most recently sixty pieces at The Canyon Theatre Guild. Brad has worked as an actor, director, producer, writer, cinematographer and photographer for over 45 years in NYC, Los Angeles and Atlanta. The present works are a combination of a variety of steps and processes that combine, actual acrylic and oil painting, digital painting and photography.