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John Ressler

John Ressler

Palm Springs, CA

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"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is." --Sir Francis Bacon
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Where prices for original art are shown, they include framing and shipping.
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My basic premise about art is: Every painting should imply a story. For as long as humans have had language, they have enjoyed stories. Scratchings on cave walls and peckings on rock faces are almost certainly story-related. Art, in whatever form, comprises a framework upon which hangs a story of some sort. Sometimes the framework IS the story, as is often the case with depictions of landscape or figure studies. Depictions of people doing things--even just standing around--can conjure up stories for those looking at them. That may be what art does best. Certainly it also can entertain, elevate, depress, repel and evoke a range of other emotions among those viewing it, but only after they have begun to decipher the story that a particular work tells.

And then there are titles. I think I enjoy finding good titles for paintings almost as much as doing the art itself. The right title can move a painting's story in a different direction from the obvious, or introduce an element of humor, irony, weirdness, or off-the-wallness that enhances the whole package...although, sometimes, it just has to explain what the heck is being depicted!

A lot of modern/contemporary art is said to be be "experimental." Experimentation is good, perhaps even the root of creativity--which all artists prize. For me, every painting is a bit of an experiment, in composition, palette range, technique, medium, or message. It's all about the challenge of doing something that pushes me to new places. That's what makes it enjoyable. I also enjoy trying to give each painting a bit of an edge in content or title--humorous if possible. Funny stories are better than sad or pointless stories, no?


Portrait by Nels Femrite.

 

Sipapu Allegory by John Ressler

 

Maybe Next Year... by John Ressler

 

Palms in Fog by John Ressler

 

Artstanding Conversation by John Ressler

 

The Winning Ball by John Ressler

 

London Work Party by John Ressler

 

The Shoeshine Mob by John Ressler

 

Molino Morisco by John Ressler

 

El Lechero by John Ressler

 

Patzcuaro Remembered by John Ressler

 

Granizados Veraderos by John Ressler

 

Ground Crew by John Ressler

 

Parisian Landmarks by John Ressler

 

Sonoran Garden II by John Ressler

 

Palm Preserve V by John Ressler

 

Palm Preserve Pastorale by John Ressler

 

Palm Preserve VI by John Ressler

 

Palma Sola by John Ressler

 

Andreas Canyon Shadows by John Ressler

 

Madagascar Garden by John Ressler

 

Andreas Canyon Steps by John Ressler

 

Rajneeshmobile by John Ressler

 

Decisions... Decisions... by John Ressler

 

Academic Regalia by John Ressler

 

Polonaise by John Ressler

 

High in the Marais by John Ressler

 

Museum Shuffle--1 by John Ressler

 

Three Figures in Search of a Story by John Ressler

 

Shakespeare and Company by John Ressler

 

No. 7, Street of the Royal Redistributor by John Ressler

 

Laguna Cove by John Ressler

 

Americans Paris-Champs de Mars by John Ressler

 

Gathering by John Ressler

 

Celebrating Summer Paris Style by John Ressler

 

Carrefour Savoyard by John Ressler

 

Place des Vosges by John Ressler

 

Summer Afternoon at Medici Fountain. by John Ressler

 

Montmartre Morning by John Ressler

 

Hermes Contemplates Quixote by John Ressler

 

Tea Ceremony by John Ressler

 

...is Just a Bowl of Chips by John Ressler

 

Flies Off the Wall by John Ressler

 

Selfie...with digital filter by John Ressler

 

Early Spring at Reecer Creek by John Ressler

 

Breton Morning Light by John Ressler

 

Pfenning Crossing by John Ressler

 

Survey Camp by John Ressler

 

Balzac Napped Here. by John Ressler