Organic Aura: Artworks by Bernard Dick
Bernard Dick’s paintings are packed with movement and color. The Rochester, NY-based artist rarely seems to paint a straight line, leading to works that have a warm, organic aura and a great sense of narrative.
Bernard creates many of his works using a technique that combines traditional and visual modes of painting. By uploading a photograph or a rough sketch into a digital editing program, the artist layers digital painting over top of the original to create the appearance of a loose, gestural painting. As a result, the artist’s portfolio is filled with varied examples of different painting subjects, from human figures, to nature, to architecture.
This technique of digital painting lends itself well to Bernard’s religious paintings, giving them a lighter, slightly soft-focus aesthetic that seems to speak of religious epiphany. In some cases, Bernard uses his technique to layer multiple images into tableaux of related figures and architectural forms. These images invite the viewer to uncover the story behind the various figures.