Forrest Bess on painting 

‘the canvases I paint are statements – each one is a statement of what I don’t know.’ ~ Forrest Bess 

Forrest Bess on art

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Untitled, No. 5, 1957, Oil on canvas, 12" x 12.2"

“All things are part truths and the artist is the man who looks for, strives for the whole truth, and to me the only place in God’s green earth that he can find it is within himself.” ~ Forrest Bess

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Forrest Bess on painting

“My idea is that nature itself is abstract in pattern and movement; that the unconscious mind is a product of nature, and must of necessity ‘file’ in abstractions ……I have always felt that the ability to explore rhe unconscious is no extraordinary feat and is possible for everyone. Also, I have always felt that there could be meaning to my work or any abstraction. Ryder said that the psinter should follow his first vision. I painted the first visions, but became alarmed when I received no response to them (1936), and then I went in pursuit of Great Art. I came back to the visions when I tired of the inconsistencies in the pursuit of greatness.” ~ Forrest Bess

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