Artwork of the Day: Can You Say Mona?, Roland Morin
Roland Morin’s witty, colorful take on Leonardo’s masterpiece brings to mind the winking Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol. For Roland, however, the process of art is driven by simple joy.
For me the important thing is not to fit into accepted genres, but rather to express a positive and uplifting way to view life and to bring joy to those who view my works. In a complex, ever-changing world, I aim to make my message simple, something that speaks to the heart without having to negotiate lengthily with the head.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1954, Roland’s precocious artistic talent eventually landed him at Baltimore’s PICA Art School in Baltimore. Roland says his sinister view of the world as a young artist expressed itself in dark tones and a bleak palette. Later in life, however, Roland had a religious revelation. He credits his new devotion to Jesus Christ with changing his painting completely. The forms Roland used became simplified, yet charged with bright, vibrant, life-affirming colors. The new look was fresh, contemporary and fit the “user-friendly” approach Roland is taking these days:
Let’s face it, the world is not a simple place to live in anymore; therefore, why should we, as artists, make our artwork any more difficult for them to understand and accept? Bright colors are vital to my work, counteracting the effects of a world which can often seem dark. In this way, I capture the spirit of freedom from the complexities of everyday living, and encourage my viewers to take some of that feeling into their lives.
After his very successful showing at the Miami SOLO show, Roland Morin will be showing his paintings at Artexpo New York 2012 with Artisan Direct, Ltd., a sales, marketing and e-commerce company representing the interest of artisans and galleries worldwide. If you’re going to be here on Pier 92 from on March 22-25, stop by the Artisan Direct booth and say hello to Roland, and take a moment to let his work put a smile on your face.