Intense vibrational joy, described with a passion for form and color. Dennis Flavin’s over forty-year dedication to paint has yielded a body of work that is energetic and playfully confrontational. Painting in an abstract expressionistic style, Flavin veered away from representational work in favor of shapes, shadows and color. Shadows are his favorite part, the shadow as object.
Working in various media, Flavin paints in multiple layers. Sometimes incorporating children’s play sand into his oil paints to add graphic texture that convey emotional states, form is the most important thing. Each process is an ongoing conversation in discovering shapes and searching to simplify the composition until it conveys what he wants to say. He wants to share his work so people will learn about abstract art and in turn possibly help other abstract painters to be understood.
“My emotions, my brain, are the same as my painting,” Flavin echoes the artist as subject philosophy of historic modern painters. A longtime friend and influence, Joseph Solman, one of the founding members of the 1930’s expressionists, The Ten, in New York City, Solman’s impact can be seen in Flavin’s oils. Energetic brush strokes, a concentration on geometric shapes and intense color describe Flavin’s joy and dedication to paint. “I’ll never get tired of painting, I just can’t stop.”
In all of Flavin’s work the dynamics demand attention; the link between form and color, shape and shadow, artist and viewer are tension filled discoveries into emotional expression prone to playful wonder.