The depth of meaning and purpose is such an integral part of the role and persona of the artist, that it is hard to dismiss. It far outweighs any notion of artist as celebrity, business model, bete noir. Although critics continually sneer at the contemporary art world and everything it stands for, the sneering comes from a place of fear and insecurity. The serious artist, in whatever form, and whatever discipline, has a vital role to play in our lives, in our culture, and in our time.
The fine art painter David Lasry is an individual that dwells on the subject of what it is to be human, and above all, what it is to be connected profoundly to others. We live in a world where we often talk about connections, about family, friends, community, we are linked as we never have been before, but how profound are those connections really?
True, connections can be made, relationships can be formed, friendships bonded, but they take time to mature. David, in his work, symbolises the path that our relationships take, through composition as well as working process. It is an ingenious way of portraying the long complexity of each relationship that we form, and the web that those relationships become over time and over our lives.
David shows, through the process of paint, through compositional development, through the journey that every artist takes from initial ideas to completed projection, the same journey that every meaningful relationship we form takes.
He shows us of the promises, the false starts, the joys, the difficulties, the heartbreaks, the sacrifices, the quiet understandings. These are all part of the framework of every relationship that we form and that we treasure, but they are also part of the framework that is our life. We are no more an isolated individual than any other part of the planet. We are forever more than the part that we call 'I', our relationships make us the larger 'I', ostensibly the 'we'.
David takes his own creative trials and errors, his moments of frustration and joy, the pieces of his inner being, and places them all within his work. It is what artists always do voluntarily, it is part of the creative process, part of the realm of human self-expression, that that voluntary sacrifice is so often dismissed, or ignored by critics is one of the great tragedies in the art world.
However, with artists such as David, following through with compositions of sensitivity, of reflections of understanding, purpose, and meaning, the creative world continues its task of reflecting what it is to be human, its wonder, its tragedy, its joy, and its tears.
The poetic sensitivity of the artist is to show the way for others to follow. Life is all about learning to understand the supreme connectivity of all and everything. It is a journey that artists have to take, it is part of who they are, that artists such as David are willing to reflect on that journey through their artwork, is a great service, and for that we are thankful.
David's work can be found at the following sites: Saatchi Art, David Lasry, twitter, facebook, tumblr, instagram, pinterest