WATERCOLORS Phillips de Pury, New York – galleryIntell

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Phillips de Pury, New York

October 4, 2012
by Kristina Nazarevskaia

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Willy and I met many years ago when a budding young painter, I ventured deep out into Brooklyn to buy stretcher bars from his studio. It was a random ad on Craiglist that brought me to a ground floor garage space on Myrtle Ave and into the very first real artist studio.

phillips de pury, watercolors, that's where you need to be
“That’s Where You Need to Be 2”, 2012
watercolor and gouache on paper, 26 x42 in

I remember feeling instantly awed by the perfect fluidity of color streaming down the canvas in soft vertical bands. Orange flowed next to the most brilliant turquoise, next to a deep alizarin crimson, next to a Naples yellow and all these colors seemed to be destined to exist in this very harmony, in this very space. There is a saying in Russian “Все гениальное – просто”, which roughly translates to all the ingenious things are in reality quite simple and this is how Willy’s work felt to me. It was perfectly simple, yet impossible  for anyone but him to have conceived and expressed. Over the years we have kept in touch and finally met up again in New York in anticipation of the “Watercolors” exhibition at Phillips de Pury in Chelsea where several of Willy’s new works are installed in their very own room. I’ve asked Willy to talk about about his process and the paintings in this exhibition as I believe that in abstract art, understanding the artist’s physical process, his thought process and inspiration is an integral part of understanding the painting itself. What is it about the outside world or the inside space that brings out this line or this stain, or this field of color? How do thoughts and intentions come to life?

Here is how Willy described his process:

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