About The Artist - Randal Huiskens
Randal Huiskens is a Chicago area fine artist whose principal medium is acrylic paint on canvas. His latest works are a series of Pop Art paintings in a style he calls neo-divisionism. This method of painting allows for the application of color into a painting unrelated to the actual subject. It also takes a simple subject and allows for an energetic interpretation that goes far beyond the actual subject. He also works in a style that he describes as "studies of color, pattern, texture and form coupled with a compulsive graphomania extrapolated through the motif of the butterfly." In addition, he paints in traditional art styles, mostly influenced by Post Impressionist artists as well as modern artists of the twentieth century.
Randal began to study art seriously while in high school, and was chosen for the first Michigan Summer Institute for Gifted Students on the campus of Michigan State University in 1982. He enrolled in the MSU Art program shortly thereafter. In 1987 one of his paintings won the first place award in the Undergraduate Art Exhibition. The following year, he was awarded a Teachers Scholarship in the Field Of Painting. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988 with an emphasis in painting.
To create great Pop Art, you have to present something that has been seen before in a new way.
It is this fundamental realization that has led my artwork to evolve from 19th century style Post Impressionism into 21st century individual expression. I am influenced by both Pop Artists and traditional Fine Artists. In the beginning, for me, there was Cezanne. I was captivated by his use of color, a melange of different shades and hues suggesting shadow and light on the simplest of flat surfaces. By combining this concept of color with the method of divisionism and the subjects of Pop Art, I feel I am merging two disparate types of art... creating Pop Art with a Fine Art sensibility.
My artwork is about the act of painting itself. It also deals with the dichotomy of creating art that shows knowledge of the history of art and furtherance of that history, while also being art that anyone can view and appreciate. Thus, I incorporate accessible subject matter as a motif to explore more involved painting challenges. I strive to create works that the layperson can appreciate for their subjectual content, while also being works that the artist or historian can appreciate for the artistic issues explored.
My influences include Henri Mattise, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol and Freek Drent.