Karl Pilato

    • Flower Tied
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 60 x 50 inches
    • $6600
    • Mirror in the Grass
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 64 x 78 inches
    • $9200
    • Any Way The Wind
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 64 x 56 inches
    • $7500
    • Body/Flower/Sky 1
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • SOLD
    • Body/Flower/Sky 2
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • SOLD
    • Body/Flower/Sky 3
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • Body/Flower/Sky 4
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • Body/Flower/Sky 5
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • Body/Flower/Sky 6
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • Body/Flower/Sky 10
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • SOLD
    • Body/Flower/Sky 13
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • SOLD
    • Body/Flower/Sky 12
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches
    • Body/Flower/Sky 11
    • Watercolor on Yupo (framed)
    • 26 x 20 inches

Artist Statement

The lines and shapes in my paintings suggest pieces of emerging landscapes. My attention is focused on their gestural character, their rhythmic interactions, the resonance of their colors, and their balanced movement through the composition. I think of the white space in my paintings as absence inhabiting presence.

I begin by searching for structure and movement with gestural lines that rise and fall, bump into each other, spread apart, disappear, and reappear. Along the way, I return sections to white by wiping away. As the painting evolves, more varied gestures and textures arise in response to one another. A broad smear of a rag is followed by a restrained touch of a brush. The shapes flow, one into the next, at times repeating and other times breaking free. My discoveries of the “right” colors inspire the direction of the painting as much as the energy of the gestures. Throughout this improvised dance, I aim for simultaneous movement and stillness.

Sometimes gently, sometimes jarringly, the white space in my paintings interrupts and breaks through lines and shapes, itself becoming a form. The lines and shapes do not fully resolve into fixed things. Flowers or petals in the wind could just as easily be bits of sky. As white space weaves through the composition, absence is felt as not separate from presence, and a landscape unceasingly emerges.