Even for those of us who enjoy looking at art, painting and drawing can seem like strange activities. Covering a blank surface with marks and colors, lines and blotches, whether attempting to represent objects in the world or shapes from one's imagination, is an odd way to spend time. Yet humans have been doing it since a couple of Cro-Magnon Courbets decided that the cave walls at Lascaux and Altamira needed improving. What is this compulsion? A fear of the void as represented by a blank surface? A primeval urge to assert one's existence in this vast cosmos? The pictorial equivalent of... More >>>