Featured Member Artist
Our featured artist for the months of January-February, 2018 is ISAP signature member Ober-Rae Starr Livingstone.
Ober-Rae is a self-taught artist who finds his inspiration in the beauty of nature. As a young man he worked on ships, hitchhiked, and rode buses and trains in order to travel around the world. Much of what he experienced visually and emotionally makes its way into his paintings. He has been painting for over 40 years and supporting himself through his art for the last 15 years.
Livingstone incorporates elements of abstraction and impressionism to create a multi-dimensional effect. He applies vibrant colors until “they bounce or sing for me.” Working in acrylic paints, he creates color transitions by placing one transparent layer over another. He often employs hues that are opposites on the color wheel; these intensify each other and even appear to vibrate. The dramatic palette has an immediate impact on the viewer.
As Livingstone explains: “I am constantly awed by the beauty of Creation. My landscapes and skyscapes express the wonder of a beautiful sunrise or sunset or the play of light on a field or river. My paintings are filled with the color and light I experience within, not just what I see through my eyes.”
Painting on a large scale allows Livingstone to express his inner energy while applying the paint. He uses a variety of brushes and often works from larger to smaller in order to build up texture and then add detail. Livingstone develops his compositions in the studio, sometimes starting from a photograph, a plein air sketch, or just an idea. He works intuitively and his canvases go through many color changes before he is satisfied.
As Livingstone notes, “The intensity of color is due to working with anywhere from 6 to 20 layers of color on most parts of the canvas. balance of shapes and colors – their relationships to one another and the feelings that they evoke within the viewer. It is the feeling, the flow of energy that I really love about the painting process– the intensity and joy that comes when the painting seems to take on a life of its own. It is at this point in the work that changes are made through the heart and not the mind, and the artist feels that he/she is a part of higher creative processes.”
Ober-Rae's work has been juried into several shows by the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) and by the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). His work has garnered multiple awards and can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa
Recently, his painting "Speaking Softly" was juried into Acrylic Works 5: Bold Values, due out in May, 2018. He also received 2nd Place in the Manhattan Arts International exhibition "The Healing Power of Art" for his painting "Every Moment" (above). You can view his featured artist page from the exhibition at https://manhattanarts.com/the-healing-power-of-art/