Cubic Encapsulism

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Intrigued by my Cubic Encapsulism series, unique,  cube-shaped canvases?

These works provide a new way of viewing our world, reminding us that what we live in is actually just a temporary construct. The prospect of something better allows us to better deal with the many issues we face in our current world, many of which are debilitating, devastating and heart-wrenching. My works help to see beyond all of this and embrace hope.

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About the Artist

Curtis Verdun is a self-taught artist working in his Houma studio in South East Louisiana. After his first commission was painted when he was only 13 years old, Verdun spent much of his earlier years completing many pastel and oil portrait commissions.

This strong foundation was undoubtedly the key to his highly-developed skill and techniques he now uses for his current works. While being an excellent draftsman and a master of oils, executing amazing realism work, he also creates astounding abstract paintings.

His latest works, 35 years in the making, explores the concept of incorporating the canvas edge as being a more integral part of the painted image. Why stay square? There are so many more possibilities! Then, the next step was to alter the angles of a hexagon to encapsulate the image inside of a cube-simulated space, incorporating perspective and creating the illusion of depth. He refers to this new genre as Cubic Encapsulism.

In order to facilitate his work and to provide the odd-shaped canvases he has been painting on, Verdun was forced to develop additional woodworking and design skills. The results of this include a huge spinning easel and a proprietary stretcher bar system.

Artist Statement

Being inspired by the chiaroscuro of Rembrandt,  the amazing brushstrokes of Sargent and even the romantic realism of Bouguereau, I primarily aim for a considerable degree of drama in my works. Honestly, no matter how well a painting is executed, if there is no drama, who cares?

One other way to achieve this, yet to be fully explored, is by altering the canvas edge to shapes other than the typical rectangle. Why? (Why not? Since when has the art world settled for the status quo?)

What my cube format does for me is, first, it grabs the attention of the viewer, then it allows me to frame the subject is such a way that the object or scene is more profoundly presented and exemplified with a stronger sense of depth and greater presence. Rather than being cradled within a benign space, the subject takes the center of attention, as it should.

 

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