Telling Stories

Paintings by John deLorimier

Bolinas Museum Show 2010


The work in this show grew out of paintings I did on-site in the late evening and nighttime. I am fascinated with the way objects appear in the special light at these times, especially the effects that happen when a car’s headlights fall on objects. It seemed an interesting way to contrast the naturalness of a landscape with the artifacts of a human presence. As time has passed the need to insert a narrative has become more important to me. I don’t know if this was because of the evocative effect of the lighting in the paintings or the nostalgia I’ve felt for the time when I first did this type of work, but the result has been paintings that are more illustrative and less formal.