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Artamas, Don
Visual Artist (View Portfolio)
Marion, IN 46953
When subject matter is no longer important, the artist can henceforth express what is essential to him. Completely free from conforming to external standards, he uses his senses and sensitivity and his preferred medium in a singular portrayal of self- identification. Free - flowing energies from within demand expressive form - they in turn feed my senses. Thus my subjects do not consist of structured content. I relate to the suggestion of restlessness, subtle, yet ongoing motion without regard for time. I’m struck by elusive textures, atmospheric qualities, dynamic shapes, soft contours or whatever elicits a response from the “eye” of my mind. All of these keep goading me to create the unexpected - regardless of technique. Clearly, the emergence of the unseen springs forth only from within. To validate artistically my departure from objective imagery, I have to interweave the pattern of shapes, edges and planes with the color “echoes” of lights and darks, accentuating underlying rhythms and vibrations. The improvisational process produces a subject that is inferred rather than a visually portrayed content. Unexpectedly, but decidedly, what I wanted to say in my paintings was said best by the simple honesty and forthrightness of watercolor. It is watercolor’s “for-the-moment” quality that mirrors me. Watercolor too is unhesitant. Abstraction is a mystery . . . breaking away from the traditional, it at times resembles some of the bad dreams one has no desire to speak of or the nonsensical play of lights and forms. But to be a successful effort, it has to direct the aimless “eye. For the most part I am self-taught in my quest for visual expression and communication. But this to me is no rattling negative. I rely heavily on unmuffled curiosity, evading aesthetic rules and formulae yet inventive of the unfamiliar. The answers are with me right now but I don’t know the questions! Time came when for me, free artistic expression fused with spiritual fulfillment. It allowed me to come to grips with everything - for in no other way can I paint unless I’m spiritually and emotionally involved. Probably because of both, I have consciously erased the picturesque but enhanced my paintings “heartbeat.” Thanks to my Unseen Mentor when I paint . . . . I cannot be afraid. With scientific zeal, the artist must unrelentingly fathom the unknown . . . reveal the unseen . . . in the search for truth . . . All for His glory! Don Artamas
Don Artamas is a Contemporary Abstract Artist, Philippine-born, Indiana-based . . . whose works has been exhibited in various museums and galleries in Southeast Asia and USA. He is a self-taught artist who is not limited by a particular style . . . he is a versatile artist who is inventive, searching and daring. His works are interesting and enlighthening characterized distinctively by spontaneity, impulse, depth, improvisation and chance. At times his works are lyrical like musical overtures, with linear gestures of movement and texture. He doesn't paint by imitation but as an artist, Don Artamas believes that "it is in the process of art that art unfolds itself." His artworks are unplanned and he is not concerned of the outcome. He seldomn use a brush but use anything his hands can take hold of. He takes a lot of risks to capture the "inspiration for the moment" becoming deeply involved in the creative process till it becomes a spiritual quest in itself. Artamas values expressing the truth in his art sincerely and honestly making each of his artwork worthy to be collected and treasured. Each painting of Don Artamas is a distillate after a searing process; a destination after a tortuous, feverish journey. it soothes the vexed spirit, with its sophisticated blend: - the deafening clamor of unbridled fervor - employing technique and style seemingly acquired thru the years from a school where the freedom lessons are taught in whispers and spoken only in the language of the soul; yet on the contrary, Don Artamas' work is focused and disciplined - and utterly graceful! "I've learned a lot of lessons in my life. . . lessons that are essential to one's artistic growth. But learning to integrate my faith with my art is one of the most important lessons I've learned! I am amazed, humbled and overwhelmed that God has given the incredible privilege of sharing my artistic journey with you far beyond I ever expected. It has truly been an amazing journey so far . . . and the best is still yet to be! I will always be thankful to the Lord of the journey, my "Unseen Mentor" who by His grace and love has carried me across a greater distance than I ever imagined. Don Artamas was born in Manila on the 31st of July but grew up in the southern part of the Philippines in Cebu City where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology at Southwestern University. He also studied a Business Management at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati, Philippines. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 14 years but never abandoned his passion for the arts. He continually mounted solo exhibits in different museums and galleries in the Philippines and group shows in other Asian countries. In 2006, Artamas moved to the U.S.A. to explore greener pastures and to go full time in the arts. He presently lives in Indiana with his wife Yvonne Marie and two children namely Quince and Ted. Artamas passion for the arts has gone a long way, after Ayala Museum in the Philippines launched his first solo exhibit in the '90's. His works represents innovative and artistic currents shaping the modern contemporary art in the global sphere. Original works by Don Artamas can be found in numerous private and corporate art collections internationally in Asia, New Zealand, Sweden, Australia, Canada, California, Chicago, New York and other states of America. Besides painting Artamas loves to do modern sculptures, monotypes, ceramics, photography, poetry and graphic arts.
Services Offered
  • Offer Works for Sale
  • Education presentations to schools, community organizations
  • Teach Art Form
  • Speaking About My Work Before a Group
  • Assisting in Planning Arts Events
  • Commission Works
  • Doing demonstrations
  • Other
    I basically do lectures during my one-man-exhibit explaining and sharing my passion in the arts. Last January 2008 I gave a lecture to all art students of Indiana Wesleyan University as part of their "Visitor's Artists Programme". I also do one on one tutorials in my studio in Marion, IN.
  • Exhibitions/Demonstrations
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