Dick Folse creates Abstracted Landscapes through painting imagined places of essential color, light, and shape. An artist for thirty years, he mixes his artistic skill and intentions with chance by using aerosol paints and wet inks as well as brush painting with oil paint. He states, “Inspiration comes from specific places, but the work does not represent any one place or view; rather, it is a sense of the places the artist knows well, fictitiously portrayed.” Prairie horizons as well as ascending urban mountain views are pieced together in harmonious and contrasting colored shapes. During a six week residency at the Shiro Oni Studio in Japan, Folse was influenced by the mountainous landscape and the different painting materials available. Sections of Japanese newspaper were collaged in the paintings creating blocks of shape and texture of information. The body of work exhibits an ambitious, fluid, and meticulous artist’s path.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.