Satterfield's professional career as an artist began in 1973 when he committed himself to painting. Throughout the years, painting has been an ever-unfolding and expansive process for him; one that offers infinite possibilities for self-expression and limitless visual inventions.
His work explores and incorporates ontological issues, specifically nature's profundity and spiritual qualities. Satterfield has found that by just going outside, being still, quietly absorbing, and looking lovingly into what is real, exquisite patterns and relationships of textures, colors, shapes, and planes jump out at him. It is in those moments that the substrate of nature's delicate and complex interconnectivity is revealed.
He brings these impressions back to his studio and carefully considers how to treat them artfully and authentically, contemplating the scale, tone, and vision he wishes to create. In his words, "I ask myself: Is this concept compelling? Is it true for me? Does this idea have transformative possibilities for my audience? How will it contribute to the environment where it will be placed? Lastly, does it provide a measure of delight by just looking at it? When these factors align, my vision is ready to be conveyed." He then communicates all that he has meditated on through a series of works on paper, which in turn become large paintings. His focus is on the process-not on the result-for it is the doing that generates unexpected outcomes that seem fresh and unlabored.
"When working, the rules become simple for me as the artist: I make a mark, another, and do not question whether the marks are right or not. I simply trust myself, and remember my experience in nature. The process that surrounded me outside is exactly the same process happening in my studio at that very moment. As such, the material things I observed and my imagination merge, and by using my chosen tools of brush and paint, quite powerfully, the invisible becomes visible. Through this path-critical examination, reflection, visualization, initiation, application, gestation, and culmination-my paintings become objects capable of creating their own highly charged aesthetic atmosphere. They also present an opportunity for viewers to simply be, and to use their interaction with the work as a catalyst for reflection and contemplation."
Judy Halebsky, poet, writes for Foad's work: "It offers dynamic tension of energy and stillness, capturing fixed moments within the octant motion of our surroundings. Wildly energetic brush strokes meet with intense, emotive depth of color. Rich earth tones of forest greens, muted browns, and mud yellows are layered with contrasting, vibrant hues of verdant greens and light-filled reds. Within vigorous compositional structure, the paintings also offer a place of rest. At times, this pause is presented as white space through bare canvas or white paint applied over other layers. This space is a moment of stillness within the paintings, challenging the viewer to enter a contemplative, aesthetic experience."
Foad Satterfield | Present by Past15 Jun - 30 Jul 2022Maybaum Gallery is pleased to present Present by Past, our second solo show for Bay Area artist Foad Satterfield. Satterfield's recent work is a re-contextualization of previous explorations emphasizing bright...
Recent Paintings by Foad Satterfield3 May - 30 Jun 2018
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SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART | FOAD SATTERFIELD: THINGS KNOWNFebruary 28, 2019Beyond Landscapes: Art, Identity and Mindfulness February 21, 2019 - 4:30 - 5:30 pm Foad will discuss his ongoing exploration of nature, his formative years...