In my art I have endeavored to develop a unique style, communicating the marking of the surface as cerebral, emotional thought as a form. It is this emotional link that makes art worth creating. My unique style is one that may have been similarly observed by quotes of the works of other famous abstract expressionists such as the dripping art of Jackson Pollock, in the more precise drawing of shapes by Joan Miró, or the Theorist Abstract Art of Wassily Kandinsky, but never a duplication of any other artist’s search for truth and substance in my own completely original art.
My Abstract art is an alternative way for me to express my visual language of form, color and line to create a composition that places greater emphasis on a visual sensation than on a depiction of recognizable, realistic objects. The paintings are well thought out and as I look at the blank surface that I am about to embark upon, I am able to visualize the completed art before beginning to paint. There are no photographs, sketches or drawings to guide me, just my thoughts. The smaller, 22 x 30 inch, pieces require an average of about 40 working hours to complete. Most of my painting is done using pigmented paints that I hand grind and mix with special mediums to form my own unique color palette. When completed, my full signature is added to each painting as legal proof of its originality and ownership. I also add my artist’s original Chop Mark and my hand made, hand pressed embossed Chinese calligraphy ideogram symbol of “Guang”, meaning to ramble, in which first generation Abstract Expressionists saw calligraphic fluidity of great poetic suggestiveness. As I consider myself a third generation Abstract artist, my art has contained this symbol since January 1, 2000, when my artistic language was recognized by Daniel C. Nusbaum, Ph.D., Director of the Delaplaine Gallery.
Abstraction itself has been my subject matter for decades. Not an easily understood expression of painting, the observers must be able to comprehend and struggle for meaning in what is said, what is implied, and what is never completely described. In my work I strive to satiate the uncomplicated visual senses as well as complex intellectual challenges of all who observe, whether a layperson or potentate. An individual can enjoy the beauty of my art without being able to read it. Every time one revisits my work, the conversation continues with new meanings, new depths, new answers and discovery.
Searching for my artist’s voice through the struggle of self-discovery and using a unique style of painting, my objective has been to transmit my expression for the observer to visualize my experience and to share my same feelings … like déjà vu for the viewer. I strive to communicate the complexities of mind and spirit in a way that pushes the viewers’ perceptions inward in order for them to consider a never explored direction.
Wilbur M. Reeling is third generation Abstract Expressionist. One of his first teachers of Abstraction at MICA was Lila Katzen who was also a student of the World Famous Abstractionist Hans Hoffman. Wilbur has become one of longtime time dedicated explorers of principles of pure abstraction. He currently resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and he has exhibited in New York City, Paris France, Washington DC, Baltimore, Atlanta and now Rehoboth Beach.
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