Ellen Charapko Gallery




While my paintings share a kinship with the primal art of tribal
cultures and the sacred geometries of spiritual traditions and reflect
the circuitries of the modern Cyber Age, and while current trends and art theories are of intellectual interest to me, when it comes to my own art and the process of its creation my primary inspiration and motivation to paint originates from deep within.

Like many artists, I feel connected to a transpersonal realm that lies
beyond my conscious awareness. I experience this realm as wonder and mystery, and it is within this realm that my art is formed. My role is essentially that of a skilled agent who delivers the artwork to its state of complete realization. In a way I find the act of painting to be like a spiritual discipline: in order to "channel" the work to flow through and be brought to fruition.

Consequently, I begin painting with little forethought. There is no planning other than the marking off of a simple grid which serves as an anchor and skeletal framework. What follows is an organic process of rapidly building up and removing layers of color. Guided by the grid, the gestural application of paint alternates with repeated maskings. As I become deeply immersed in this process, fully engaged, and sharply focused, my awareness of time and self vanishes. Gradually the grid evolves into intricate patterns, which demarcate smaller worlds within the macrocosm of the canvas. I continue refining until the painting arrives at completion in a state of dynamic balance.

My painting can be viewed as embodiments of an aesthetic paradise, both in idea and experience. The word "paradise" originally meant "walled garden.” Like a beautiful and complex garden, each completed canvas self-contained universe that invites one to take a visual journey of playful exploration. The painting's intricate patterns, in a rhythmic, serial fashion, urge the eye forward across the luminous and textured surface and into the depths which contain lushly colored, highly detailed , and precisely composed passages. Should that journey include a glimmer of paradise, then it has been a journey of revelation as well.

Sun-Sentinel article by Candice Russell