The Color Picture Now: Feeling Foremost

Ronnie Landfield, Joseph's Coat, 1986, acrylic on canvas, 88 x 81 inches (courte
Ronnie Landfield, Joseph's Coat, 1986, acrylic on canvas, 88 x 81 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Carl Belz considers "color as a vehicle of emotional content" in the work of three painters: Ronnie Landfield, Sandi Slone, and Darryl Hughto.

Belz writes that "each [artist] has now been painting for more than four decades, and each has in the process periodically made ambitiously large pictures, as well as pictures that are frankly and unapologetically beautiful, candid in celebrating color as a vehicle of emotional content, intuitively smart in structuring its deployment to assure the content's credibility. Regularly inspired by their modernist past, yet at the same time unburdened by it, each has also looked periodically to nature, not in opposition to abstraction, which was the charge presented against painting nature in the 1950s, but as a resource for enriching it."