JUNE 1, 2001
One Bear Show at the Beartown Gallery
Bruin DeBear, a noted
photographer, has expanded his artistic eye to the canvas.
The real truthfulness of all works of imagination:
sculpture, painting, and writing fiction, is so purely in
the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent
positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth.
The names of great painters are like passing bells. In Velasquez you hear sounded the fall of Spain; in Titan, that of Venice; in Leonardo, that of Milan; in Raphael, that of Rome. And there is profound justice in this; for in proportion to the nobleness of power is the guilt of its use for purposes vain or vile; and hitherto the greater the art the more surely has it been used, and used solely, for the decoration of pride, or the provoking of sensuality.
Very sacred is the vocation of the artist, who has to do directly with the works of God, and interpret the teachings of creation to mankind. All honor to the bear (or man) who treats it sacredly; who studies, as in God's presence, the thoughts of God which are expressed to him; and makes all things according to the pattern which he is ever ready to show to earnest and reverent genius on the mount.
Congratulations Bruin DeBear!!!
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