Gregory Amenoff has discovered a new decisiveness. He generated his previous paintings improvisationally, arriving at images directly through the process of painting. In contrast, Amenoff's new large-scale canvases are based on small pencil studies, which he made during a trip to Paris in the summer of 2012. "I was staying in a nice apartment so I couldn't paint--I'm a sloppy painter. I bought a couple hundred colored pencils and some fairly hard paper, and I decided to develop some new images," Amenoff told me. "For the first time in two years I was really excited by the images."
the 19th century artist had to reconcile a desire to live in the contemporary world, accepting the realities of industrialisation and new working conditions, with a desire for an "elsewhere" drawn from mythology, legend and ancient civilisations, or drawn from the inner world of dreams, imagination and the mind.
Rejecting the New: Abstract painting in the 1980s (2013)
Gregory Amenoff: Still fascinated by the materials, process and problems of painting (2010) Gregory Amenoff: Radiant little pictures (2008)