2017-08-26 / News

Clyde Hart Relies on ‘Liquidity of the Paint’ for Artistic Results


At left: Clyde Hart of St. Ignace with his works of abstract art at his exhibit’s opening reception Friday, August 11, at Fort de Buade Museum in St. Ignace. At left: Clyde Hart of St. Ignace with his works of abstract art at his exhibit’s opening reception Friday, August 11, at Fort de Buade Museum in St. Ignace. An art reception was held for Clyde Hart of St. Ignace at Fort de Buade Museum in St. Ignace Friday, August 11. Mr. Hart began painting in 1970 and later went to school, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1975 Magna Cum Laude, and earning a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After school, he worked with galleries and museums that allowed him studio time. After a hiatus, in which he moved to Virginia in 1998, he returned to painting a few years ago.

The museum event was well attended and most of his paintings were sold.

Mr. Hart told the The St. Ignace News he was influenced by a lecture he heard in 1980 by abstract artist Milton Resnick when the lecturer said, “I want to make mute paintings.” Mr. Hart’s interpretation of that is paintings that say nothing, because it’s about the paint itself, and experiences about the paint.

His method of abstract art, he said, is “the result of a process I use for applying the paint to the surface. The process of using the liquidity of the paint and not controlling, not dictating the flow of the material during it.”

He said choosing the palette is the only decision he makes and that he does not begin with any preconception about the results.

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