The oil paintings of Minneapolis artist James Wrayge are abstracts that challenge the viewer to decipher the emotion within oneself and in the painting. Wrayge concentrates on composition and encourages the viewer to examine the elements that make up a painting rather than fixate on a need for narrative. Only then can some sort of understanding of the edges, flecks, layering and blending begin to develop. Funny, Wrayge’s work is soothingly abstract at a time when a lot of art either tries too hard, or competes for the viewers’ attention.
(Wrayge is part of a Midwest arts collective who share the Pilot Arts website. We will be looking at a few more of these artists this week.)
Artist: James Wrayge