Chuck Hipsher

Artist Statement

I’m most interested in the raw beauty of life. The expected and the unexpected colliding to create new storylines. I’m drawn to the gestural aspect of painting. How a line, stroke or mass of color can both capture and evoke raw ‘feelings’.

My work goes through many stages of development. The advance/retreat method allows for constant editing and discovery through applying more paint/color and simultaneously erasing it – either with a large flat edge or with sponges, or even my garden hose.

I am interested in the gesture or movement involved in the creation of my pieces. My mind and mood drive the process from start to finish – determining color, scale, composition and ultimately, a finished state. Nothing is precious and all is subject to change – depending on my state of mind during the development.

All of my works are related to a time, place, person or event in my past or present. The viewer will draw their own conclusions with only a simple title to work with. How they see it and what they see is their own to experience.

Having lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, Detroit, Houston and now back in my home state of Iowa, I find I have a rich backlog of information in my emotional bank. While I pay clear homage to The New York School, I also appreciate and have respect for Hopper, Richter, Kiefer, Rauschenberg and Schnabel.

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