Robert Francian

These paintings are like poems themselves. Their essential character should not be expected to be easy or literal, but rather have elements of the fictive and ulterior, and perhaps become somewhat difficult. To inspire and engage our thoughts, allusive and indirect images can coax our more complex thoughts and emotions into meaning, even without language, as in these paintings. Their essence, and purpose, is not necessarily to convey specific ideas or feelings but to create an environment of images that enable a tacit expression of the conflict, tensions, and substance of the visual experience. Titles and simple explanations, and statements for that matter, take the poetic experience away from the visual. They confine us and make us lazy.


As such, each image is meant to be a subtle reminder of an indeterminate moment in our thoughts. It may be one of pleasure or pain, love or loss, but is most likely all of them at once because that's who we are. Nothing can be lost until it has been found, and nothing is permanent until it has been lost.


Robert Francian