Date of Work
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
James Asiata was a graduate student from New Zealand who attended UND in the 90s. His paintings utilize the styles of Abstract Expressionism with an emphasis on brush stroke and color.
From the exhibition poster:
"My landscape paintings are based on a series of things I've encountered in Grand Forks, ND. Surprisingly enough, I was confronted with the view of a different kind. unlike the landscapes in New Zealand of mountains, winding roads, the ocean and high skies scrapers, Grand Forks presented the challenging idea to emphasize the extremities of high skyline, low horizons propped against distant grain elevators, trees, invest fields of vegetation.
Utilizing the elements in the principles of design, I have created various scenes to represent atmosphere, light mood, emphasizing of brush stroke, texture, and the luminosity of color. Although these are traits used by artists of the Impressionistic Period, I have learned to develop the ability to see nature as a colorist.
Further evaluation on my beliefs as an artist has led me to look up on the various styles of Abstract Expressionism. In contrast to color, the introduction of geometry overlapping my landscapes is the way I view Grand Forks. Extremely horizontal and vertical. This abstraction emanates a style that is obvious and tangible. My adopted style continues to progress in the experience, in the development and in the problem solving. My aim is to characterize nature, color and abstraction, in painting the landscape."
LANDSCAPES, An exhibition of paintings by James Asiata. August 12-22, 1996, Reception: Monday August 12th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Hughes Fine Arts Center Gallery- University of North Dakota- Grand Forks, North Dakota
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