Paintings That Inspire Conversation
In Art, as in love, instinct is enough." -Anatole France
Randall M. Hasson brings a unique perspective to the Art world. His use of calligraphy combined with illustration creates a feast for the eyes and a depth of composition that can take the viewer to multiple levels of interpretation. The written word in text form is used in his paintings to create impact visually and emotionally, while inviting the viewer to “discover” elements over time that are not readily discernible at first glance. These paintings "inspire conversation" according to Randall's collectors.
"Symbolism is very important to me”, says Hasson, “and to this end, the research of the text in combination with the illustrations and the overall composition play a vital role in my work. I want my paintings to have different levels for the viewer to experience, from visual to conceptual, so that one can continually discover new elements as time passes".
One cannot help but notice that the work of this artist must tend toward the inspirational, whether it be religious in nature (Family Blessings, Inviting the Presence, Whisperings, Come to the Waters, Forever), spiritual and business principles (Providence), advice and encouragement from artists about Art (L’Esprit, Music Begins), profoundly moving poetry (Repentance, I Remember, Silent Witness and The Baron Journals), or simply motivational (Man in the Arena, To Know His Thoughts, First Light, Triumph).
As opposed to many paintings today, which incorporate collage to use text as an element of the composition, the lettering in these paintings is done by hand with traditional and non-traditional calligraphic tools. Broad edged nibs, bamboo and reed pens, brushes as well as pens made from such objects as aluminum cans are all used to create letters of varying style and contrast. Traditional painting methods are also employed in the form of underpainting, masking, layering and glazing. Paintings will have as many as 12 or more layers (washes and glazes) of pigment in sections, creating depth in composition and color. Media is mainly acrylic paint and acrylic ink on canvas for the complex works involving calligraphy, and oil painting for portraits.
As an artist, calligrapher, instructor and speaker, Randall has appeared on the faculty of Arts, Lettering Arts, and Educational Conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He is the author of articles on a variety of Art or Lettering Art related subjects. His most recently completed project was the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook, which he co-edited.
Randall was formally trained as a Calligrapher and has a BFA in Fine Art. He has appeared on the faculty of fourteen International Calligraphy conferences as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering Public Art, Art History, The Painting Process, Collaborative Art Projects, and the History of Writing including the emotional and inspiring topic of the invention of the ADLaM Alphabet which originated in western Africa. He has spoken on art related projects for The C.S. Lewis Foundation in Oxford, England, San Diego, CA and Houston, TX. He has presented and taught for The Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation in Florida and Oregon, and has served as juror for art shows such as the 2009 five-state competition "Texas and Neighbors".
Various industry and local publications have carried examples of his artwork, including but not limited to Somerset Studio Magazine, Ranch and Coast Magazine, Art and Antiques Magazine, Décor and Style, Scripsit, Bound and Lettered and Letter Arts Review. His articles have appeared in Letter Arts Review, Art Journey: New Mexico and The Journal of The Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco in addition to his writing and editing in the 24th Edition of The Speedball Textbook. His work has appeared in books, both as cover artwork for "Praying for Israel's Destiny" (Chosen Publishing), “The Art of Singing” (Hal Leonard Publishing), and “Art Journey: New Mexico” (F+W Media). Finally, Randall is participating in an ongoing project which is a collaboration of poetry combined with sequential art and calligraphy with poet Chris Baron. Volume one of a two volume set of “The Baron Journals” is anticipated to be published in the fall of 2017.