World Of Dahlov Ipcar
"I find it hard to explain my art, but then it doesn't really need explanation.
It may seem mysterious or challenging, but all you need to do is to open your
heart to the joy and excitement of a new visual experience, to accept a new
vision of a world full of the unusual, a world of the creative imagination."
Dahlov Ipcar - Seven Decades of Creativity...
I have lived most of my life surrounded
by the serenity and natural beauty of Maine, yet my art is done entirely
from imagination. I strive to create my own unique vision of the world.
I am intrigued and inspired by the endless variety of patterns and
forms in nature; they arouse in me the desire to create forms and
patterns of my own.
While many people view the world
through the eyes of past artists, I feel that it is up to the artists
of the present to reveal new ways of seeing the world and to create
new worlds never before seen. Increasingly, I have come to feel that
the reality created by the artist is more important than actual reality.
The real world may come to seem oppressively dull and barren unless
transformed and revitalized by imagination.
I rarely plan a painting or make fully developed sketches before starting.
At most I start with a quick 5" X 8" sketch. I do most of
my drawing directly on the canvas with a brush and let the work develop
spontaneously. I have deliberately tried to train my visual memory
so that I am able to see the animals I wish to paint in my mind's
eye, whether antelopes leaping or zebras galloping. This gives me
an unusual freedom.
But this only partially explains
my approach to art -- if it explains it at all. Nobel Prize winner
Isaac Bashevis Singer once said that no matter how willing artists
are to explain their motivations and their methods, it always appears
that they are hiding their secrets, for they are doing something that
seems impossible to the disciplined mind; they are playing a game
All my life I have enjoyed playing this game. To me each painting
I start is a challenge and a mystery to be solved. Some artists say
they want to simplify their work as much as possible: they want "to
avoid problems." I feel that problems are what make it all interesting.
Sometimes it is an exhausting struggle, but it is always exciting.
As I work on a painting it is like a continually changing kaleidoscope
of composition, color, meanings. If, in the end, I succeed in realizing
my original vision, even in some small measure, that is the supreme
Chess game with granddaughter, Katie, 2009