Storm Tharp

Region: Pacific Coast

I have spent years organizing paintings in my mind, contemplating the forms that paint inhabits. I believe that representation and abstraction flow in and out of the same well, and should not be perceived as mutually exclusive. In the portrait works, the representation of costume and narrative is abstraction personified. The raw content of my work stems from figuring the unique stations of human character, and it ties together the variations in media and style that I employ. The portrait, the word, the document, the field all reflect the complicated beauty of being, the fullness of which I do not simply measure in a single tradition or technique.