DON LEWALLEN

Artist's Statement

The shapes in my drawings may appear non-referential yet there is a lingering sense of the familiar. I draw from multiple sources and subjects of interest, that attract my eye and that I utilize to develop meaning. Things never are what they are, once expressed, compressed or altered. Seemingly aimless perambulations configure the page, while the resulting shapes determine new expressive situations. These lend credibility to a composition, whether its meaning lies in history, nature, or in its intellectual significance. The shifting, the recombining, the changes in the spatial relationships invite a new perception—a re-interpretation of the mediated world.

A drawing starts with one or two complete shapes, fragments of larger shapes or extensions of shapes and representations. The seemingly random or chaotic abstract figures are drawn from sources as diverse as the natural world, mathematics and literature. Colored pencils articulate and unite the often disparate forms into an enigmatic consciousness, moving through many different marks: rough, cross-hatched, controlled line, smooth gradation. Choosing colors is my delight and gives exuberance to emphasize space or call attention to an area. Ultimately, the forms come together to reconstitute the KNOWN, to create a new spatial habitat for the forms to exist.

Mr. P and Mr. G Meet Mr. P

Colored Pencil on Paper

20" x 14"

Suspended Drawing

Colored Pencil on Paper

20" x 14"

Enchanted Garden of The Sky

Colored Pencil on Paper

20" x 14"

Unintended Effervescence

Colored Pencil on Paper

20" x 14"

Colors of TIme

Colored Pencil on Paper

20" x 14"

Winds of Juzes

Colored Pencil on Paper

20" x 14"

Euclidean Surroundings

Colored Pencil on Paper

20" x 14"