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Robert Ralph Carmichael

Artist Statement

The major theme in my work is the human condition -- our relationship to the environment -- our relationship to each other.

The works are a culmination of ideas, images and symbols that come together in an intuitive manner -- guided by a sense of rightness -- they belong together.

Each viewer, of course, brings to the work his or her own set of life experiences from which to access it. None of the works are totally readable -- they are open observations rather than closed statements. I hope that they continue to reveal new levels of meaning as new experiences are brought to them.

I feel that representational painting has much yet to offer -- if not in terms of how we paint then certainly in terms of why we paint.

There cannot be a more exciting tool with which to explore the most mysterious and fascinating subject known to mankind -- the human mind.

The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art
The Canadian Art Database: Canadian Artists Files

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