Charles Seliger: The Painting in the Painting

Charles Seliger, Runic Veil, 1989 (courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)
Charles Seliger, Runic Veil, 1989 (courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)

With the work of Abstract Expressionist Charles Seliger (1926-2009) in mind, Addison Parks considers "that the painting is something that happens through the very act of painting, and not the result of some preconceived image that through careful effort produces the desired result. What we are talking about is the painting that evolves, changes, even appears to the painter in the act of painting."

He continues, noting that Charles Seliger "was as addicted to this experience as any painter I can think of. At the end of a painting he had arrived somewhere that changed him. That is the addiction. To be changed by making a painting."

Parks also wrote a remembrance of Charles Seliger in 2009.