Andrew Wapinski

Gallery Affiliations: Gallery Plan B

Region: Northeast

City / State: Philadelphia, PA

My work depicts fragments which make up the monumentality of nature. I have discovered a relationship and balance among the process of painting and drawing, nature, spirituality, alchemy, and the progression of time. These ideas are the basis for my abstraction while the simplicity and beauty of a distant view, setting sun, or passing cloud in the sky are my inspirations for painting. My intent for the viewer is to feel a sense of history, time, and emotion through the additive building of marks and color and to reflect upon the magnitude of his natural surroundings. In my own experience, the exploration of nature through painting has become a true investigation of the driving forces and elements that make up the totality of the world around us.

These ideas are merely a foundation for discovery. As a painter I am constantly searching within my own process to understand the world around me. In my recent body of work, Coastal Interpretations, the sea is a metaphor for the union of time and space. The sea appears ageless as though untouched by time and serves as the visual equivalent of infinite space. It is the overwhelming presence of space which first drew me towards the sea.

Visually my work may be perceived as abstracted fragments of a greater whole and a literal representation of space. My work is simply an interpretation of my surroundings, inspirations, and influences as I see them and as they affect me at that time.