Notes on Numinism

First came the style – a deep connection with the canvas, an incessant drive to rid the mind of whatever needed the be expressed yet other art forms seemed inadequate. Yes, Abstract Expressionism had shown me the path, and I wandered further down.Art is communication in the language of the artist.A few years ago a woman told me that my works were very “numinous”.  I was completely thrilled – and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a dictionary.  Numinous: spiritual, mysterious, holy; appealing to the higher emotions or aesthetic sense. Hmmm, my favorite art teacher Knox Martin had once looked at what I was painting in class and said “holy shit” (from him that was a compliment).  Yes, “Numinism” was the thing that I was doing but had not yet been named.

– Robert Zawadzkas

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