Garden Pieces, Pieces & Recent Paintings
Ray Kass develops mixed water-media compositions in response to his deep connection to landscape. By overlapping gathered fragments of nature he creates strikingly abstract paintings, wherein the various parts become a new whole. Rather than try to visually depict the natural world, Kass seeks to evoke the experience and vital essence of it. The elements of fire, water, air and earth abstractly emerge in his paintings and comment on the processes of nature at work. His liquid media offers a variety of opacity and textures. The application of paint and dried pigments onto wet oil emulsion creates a bleeding, transient quality, which calls to mind both light and movement. Kass uses stencils created from his own nature drawings as templates for the layers. Often, paint is applied through nylon scrims creating a mesh-like effect that also suggests impermanence. There is an inherent lyricism in each of his works as these natural forms meld and swirl to create new energies.