C. L. Heald
The 93-94 Series

281.   Moods of the Master    1993    48"x 60"   o/c

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List of 93-94 Series Paintings

279. Autobiography XXII, Standing Before the Critics
1993, 80x24, o/c

280. Autobiography XXIII, Sculpture Garden Portrait
1993, 60x24, o/c

281. Moods of the Master
1993, 48x60, o/c

282. Experimental Goldfish with Altitudes
1993, 40x48, o/c

283. Autobiography XXIV, Drawing Another Foreground Conclusion
1993, 48x60, o/c

284. Romantic Street Dreams
1993-94, 48x60, o/c

285. Showers
1993-94, 40x48, o/c

286. Allegory of the Rose
1993-94, 48x40, o/c

287. Inside the Inside Passage
1993-94, 24x60, o/c

289. Transcription
1993-94, 40x24, o/c

Critic Ted Lindberg wrote the following about these paintings in "Preview of the Visual Arts", Feb/March 1994

Larry Heald has a long-established reputation as a painter of superbly rendered surreal landscapes, juxtaposed with and through interiors, which embrace classical Renaissance space and at the same time openly tinker with the pictorial language of illusionism. This heigthened attention to realism has always assured accessibility to Heald's work, casting a spell of logic where frequently there is none. Having achieved access, the viewer is then captured in his or her own doubt about "reality" in all its subjective guises - and how the artist exploits the poetic (or ambiguous) potential of even the most casual perception.

Heald's most recent work is perhaps more rigorously personal, as he examines his own role in what has been an ongoing allegory that balances estheticism against nature, the illusion of seperateness against the cosmic soup, and the transferable, talismanic quality of certain favored idea/images. Through the "miracle" of postmodernism one can imagine the melding or hybridization of Magritte and Chirico; R. Crum and William T. Wiley; Tom Robbins and (gasp) Morris Graves.

It is possible to detect here (and in the work of other Northwest artists) a kind of funky tantric trend that has picked up not a little humor as its final, indispensable ingredient.


C. L. Heald, P.O. Box 703, Garberville, CA 95542