Only that which is intensely important is, for me, worth painting, and that means life and death. First and foremost this involves addressing the existentialist question “What does it mean to be human?”. I have been addressing this fundamental question by exploring issues of mortality, pathos, and corporeality through several recurring images; dogs- feral, physical, constant witness to human behavior; a man who is an achondroplastic dwarf- like us but forever different, his isolation a mirror of our own; and meat- reminders of our own corporeality and impermanence. I then build paradoxes into my work of abstraction and representation, self and other, fear and pathos; these competing yet coexisting dynamics are intrinsic to the way in which my work engages the viewer and addresses the human condition.
Artist Bio / CV
Alan Loehle Bio
Alan Loehle is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery http://marciawoodgallery.com/artist/loehle/intro.html
He is a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow for Painting and has received two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants. He has also received a Visual Artists Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and grants for painting from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, among others. His work is in private and permanent collections throughout the country and has been published in the Paris Review.