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Matricism - The Evolution of Art by Christian Seidler

Matricism - The Evolution of Art by Christian Seidler

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Christian Seidler is one of our century's most gifted portrait painters.

I am going to show you a new way to use all that you have learned about building a pictorial statement and a new form of color mixing. What we are going to do is dig down to the basic elements of all the decisions you have learned to make while painting and show you a new way to use them. The style of painting presented in this book goes down to the core of color analysis. Why do we mix a defined color on our palette? Why is it a light color or why is it a dark color? Why is it intense or neutral, why is it red, blue, yellow, or orange?

This is a new form of color analysis that will enable you to express yourselves on canvas in a way you never dreamed of before. For myself, the theories presented here have changed the way I conceive a painting, the subject mater that is possible, and the entire construction process. For an artist who has spent so much of his lifetime wandering around his environment looking for something to paint, this discovery was nothing short of gaining my wings and finding freedom at last.
Uploaded with permission of the author.

Christian Seidler is one of our century's most gifted portrait painters.

I am going to show you a new way to use all that you have learned about building a pictorial statement and a new form of color mixing. What we are going to do is dig down to the basic elements of all the decisions you have learned to make while painting and show you a new way to use them. The style of painting presented in this book goes down to the core of color analysis. Why do we mix a defined color on our palette? Why is it a light color or why is it a dark color? Why is it intense or neutral, why is it red, blue, yellow, or orange?

This is a new form of color analysis that will enable you to express yourselves on canvas in a way you never dreamed of before. For myself, the theories presented here have changed the way I conceive a painting, the subject mater that is possible, and the entire construction process. For an artist who has spent so much of his lifetime wandering around his environment looking for something to paint, this discovery was nothing short of gaining my wings and finding freedom at last.

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FOREWORDThe Twentieth Century has expressed one primary achievement for the works of an artist tobe considered "historically important." From my earliest years, my father repeated it and repeated it,"Innovation is the key to success!" It took me forty years, but I have finally created my own style of painting, a gift to leave my profession, and I hope, the opportunity to bring pleasure to those whoexperience my work. Though this is a book about a painting technique, it is also about this artist's journey of discovery and enlightenment. I hope you will enjoy this material and possibly learn foryourself the joys that I have found in painting in a style I have come to call "Matricism," painting the"unseen.”For a simple introduction, may I say that I go by Christian, and I am a painter. I say this inthe most simple terms. I have spent my life learning all the different ways other painters designedand executed their paintings. As the son of an artist, I have been creating pictures for over fortyyears, and in that time I have tried my hand at almost every style of painting there is, from DutchMiniature Realism to Abstract Expressionism. My father once told me, “Son, you’re pretty good ateverything, but a master of none of them,” yet he hated seeing me copy a master’s style. He alsosaid, “Innovation is the key to success!”I was born a dreamer, gifted with enough talent to react, and taught from my earliest years togo out and find myself. One of the problems I faced was that I was from the first generation whohad to seriously consider the possible truth of the famous statement of Motherwell’s: “There comesa time when one reaches the Pacific so to say, and there is no where else to go. This and futuregenerations of artist will have no art of their own; they will only make great refinements on paststyles.” That statement haunted me my entire life, and my goal has been to prove him wrong. Thistext represents my best effort to do so. Though it is up to others to say if I have, it seems that I am
 
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creating paintings unlike any I have ever seen, and they are constructed with a technique that hasnever been documented before. A friend from the Dallas Museum told me that my techniques hadbeen theorized by the early Pointillists, but back then, there was no acceptable art form to apply it atthe time. Remember that back then true modernism had not come into being.I have created this text for the student of painting and those just interested in the art of painting and Matricism. I am not a writer but with the help of family, friends, and associates, Ibelieve that with this book, we have presented proof positive that Motherwell was wrong.You are going to find that this book is different from all the others you have read. I amgoing to show you a new way to use all that you have learned about building a pictorial statementand a new form of color mixing. What we are going to do is dig down to the basic elements of allthe decisions you have learned to make while painting and show you a new way to use them. Thestyle of painting presented in this book goes down to the core of color analysis. Why do we mix adefined color on our palette? Why is it a light color or why is it a dark color? Why is it intense orneutral, why is it red, blue, yellow, or orange? In the past, the answers have always been made on aset of assumptions based on subject matter, be it Realism or Abstract Expressionism. There havebeen three basic ways artists have made color decisions. The primary method used by painters whendeciding what color to mix up has been based on direct observation. Another form is based on thescience or theories of light and color where the artist uses a combination of formula analysis andobservation. The third way that artists have made their color decisions has been through a form of subjective reasoning developed through trial and error during their developmental years, a totalsubjective approach of what works for them. This is the primary form used by illustrators.This is a new form of color analysis that will enable you to express yourselves on canvas in away you never dreamed of before. For myself, the theories presented here have changed the way I
 
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conceive a painting, the subject mater that is possible, and the entire construction process. For anartist who has spent so much of his lifetime wandering around his environment looking forsomething to paint, this discovery was nothing short of gaining my wings and finding freedom atlast.It doesn't matter if you are a student or a professional; the most exciting opportunity for allpainters is to find ways to keep evolving and exploring new ground. This technique is like a newlanguage with which a painter can speak his or her own thoughts and ideas in an entirely new way.When executed successfully, it allows us to harmonize multiple elements of design into oneexpanded cohesive statement. As a creative tool, Matricism will open up your mind to new themes,give you a new way to express old themes, and make far more complex themes possible. My hopeis that this book will open up new avenues for you to explore and breathe new life into your art. Forthose of us who have confined our painting to subjects within our environment, Matricism is a wayto open up the vast realm of subjects that can come only from your imagination. It's an opportunityto express the surreal and the abstract, an opportunity to have your other interests in life play a partin your art. If you can incorporate what you learn from reading about my own explorations inMatricism, I predict that you will experience an explosion of ideas and a level of enthusiasm thatyou haven't felt since you first picked up a brush. There is nothing more exciting than going to aplace you've never been, expressing ideas that are all your own, and just maybe giving the worldsomething it has never had before. This is my contribution to us all, and I sincerely hope it will opennew doors for you.
Christian
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