Bill Gingle’s paintings are yet another series of pictures from an American Abstract Expressionist. I can’t help myself. I seem to be forever going back to muscular paintings, to artists who attempt to find a beauty and a pathos in the world about them and aren’t afraid to express it in bold colours and forms. It is to me an aesthetic that is inherently modern in its outlook, is perfectly suited to express the modern condition in all its complications.
Gingle’s paintings are drawn from the rural habitat of Louisiana, his compositions hinting at a beauty that is unexplainable, indescribable, can only be appreciated through thick swathes of paint and textures. These are paintings that ask us to stop and look around us, breathe in, find the joy in simplicity. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
In the studio each painting is a starting over, a tacit recognition that after thirty plus years of painting I still don’t know how to make a painting (which is different from knowing how to paint). I just know that I can. Each time the task is to find a way to give myself to the painting so the magic can happen and the painting can stir to life.
Each new painting reveals its own tendencies and surprises as it comes to life. Rather like children from the same parents, they are each at once individuals and siblings. It is because the life they share with each other is the life they drew from me.