Walt Horton Fine Art will host a brand new artist to the gallery who is also a local resident.
James Van Fossan is a contemporary portrait and figure painter. His elegant are reminiscent of traditional master figure painters.
“As my drawings evolved into , I have gravitated towards the natural, the heroic and most importantly, the human,” Van Fossan said. “As long as the subject matter of my compositions treats the ordinary human experience and their expressions with a sense of awe, I feel inspired. Realism gives me the foundation of comfort to explore the variety in human proportion, scale and balance. In proportion, I am interested in the sacred relationship between the miraculous human body in parts and as a whole. When I paint hands for example, I am reminded of all the extraordinary deeds man has accomplished throughout the ages. In scale, I strive to investigate size of the human figure as compared to other objects, settings and even the canvas itself.”
When asked how he captures the personality and essence of the person he is , Van Fossan said, “I use color and its layered application to combine impression and reality, while suggesting space and depth of my figures on an otherwise flat surface. I am interested in exploring how each stroke changes the subject matter. When I paint adolescents, for example, I find that quick strokes and thicker paint application conveys the urgency of youth far more effectively than the calm surfaces of adult contemplation. In my work, I strive to define the emotion in my subject's eyes in order to convey the sense of honesty and harmony. With each new painting, I find happiness not only in the act of creating but in the act of giving as well.”