THE EVOLVING ARTIST
Above "Amplitude of Sound" acrylic and copper leaf on canvas 30"x40"
I am a firm believer in constantly reinventing myself as an artist and individual. Challenging my art skills in the long run will make me a stronger artist and more sought after. Being an artist takes dedication and more than just a talent. An artist needs to be a business man, a marketing executive, a sales man and lets not forget he is required to have good computer and communication skills. Like many when I graduated from high school I decided to go to work right away instead of continuing my education. At that age I did not want to stay in school so I did not, what a mistake that was. Now at fifty I am back in college.
One thing that I have learned is how exciting it is to constantly learn new things. Learning a new skill or challenging my talent can only make me a stronger artist. When I was young I was primarily focused on realism. I thought, to be an artist was to try to paint anything and make it as close to photo realistic as possible. As I got older I began to want more, so I took art classes, but that was about it. I wanted to loosen up my brush stroke. So I began to experiment with color and later with texture. It was so exciting when a friend of mine said to me: oh José I like your new painting, where did you buy it? It looks just like the one that we saw in that gallery we went in when we were in Provincetown? I painted it I said. He couldn’t believe it. He leaned over and checked out the signature. “You did paint this, Londono. That is you” At that point, I knew I touched on something. No longer would I be that artist that painted only photo realistic images. As I continued to paint, I quickly realized that there was more to learn about abstract art than what I thought I knew. I began to buy books on abstract art and take classes online. As I continued to develop my art, I began to feel the need to go back and continue my education to sharpen my skills.
Over the years I have developed quite a body of work. I however am not a person that likes to get to used to one style. I like diversity and show just how much I can do. My last two art collections have been abstract. In the first collection “RENACER” I wanted to capture the rebirth of Jose Londono the artist. I wanted to show my diversity and talent. With my most recent collection “Visualization in Harmony” I wanted music and harmony to be translated into art. I wanted to eventually marry both art and music.
Now I want to challenge myself yet again. As a New Yorker I am quite proud of my surrounding neighborhood and being able to have everything at my doorstep. Well, in my next collection, I am going to incorporate the landscape that is this beautiful city, that I call home and my abstract art. The collection will be titled “Cityscapes” In this next collection I will do several pieces on canvas paper and several more on canvas covered wood panels. I also want to try adding collage to some of the works. Leave some in ink, pastel and acrylic. This next collection will be a bit different than the rest. After all isn't that part of being an artist? Showing your diversity and talent?
“I am ready for a challenge; Are you?”