Raymond (Ray) C. Pierotti
Class of 1951
“...whether one dispassionately sees to the core of life or passionately sees the surface, the core and the surface are essentially the same, words making them seem different only to express appearance…” Loa Tzu
In the mid 1960s I began to think of myself as a serious painter. Prior to then my concentration and creative drive was towards musical composition, poetry and dance. Between the 60's and 1990 when I made the switch from part to full time studio artist I supported my artistic career with arts administrative, curatorial and academic jobs.
I was born and socially educated into a multi-disciplinary milieu. Public schools in Utah, military service in Japan and Korea, missionary work in France, Belgium and Switzerland, undergraduate degrees from La Sorbonne and the University of Utah and eventually a graduate degree in music from the University of Utah gave form to my intellectual development. Museums, concert halls, theaters, movies and side walk cafes gave shape to my spirit and emotions.
Over time my approach to painting became one of a serial nature. Structure and content are dependent on the vibratory nature of light and sound with visual and musical leitmotifs. The underlying focus is on the metaphysical and metaphorical relationships that I sense are present between light and sound. Their similar characteristics form my aesthetic language.
My painterly techniques is mixed medium based. I like to use untreated natural fibers on which I apply, by brush or hand multiple layers of solarized dye or soft pastel, acrylic paint and color pencil. I often apply as many as 80 layers of these three mediums to the untreated natural surface.
My subject matter leans towards the ephemeral side of objects, places and personal exchanges. I experience my work as a polyphonic/polychrome semi-transparent reflection. Taoism and quantum physics have a part in my pursuit towards self actualization. My artistic quest is that of a mystical aesthete, my intellectual curiosity about the nature of things is more that of an indiscreet gourmond. There are over 800 works of my artistic efforts found throughout the world in over 250 corporate, private and public collections.
“There is a geometry to art as there is a geometry to life, and as the
Greeks guessed, they happen to be the same”
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