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Home > Featured Artist > Past Featured Artists > June 09 - Murad Sayen
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Murad Sayen - (

I have painted realistically since childhood, and from my own photo references since college. Being a long-time admirer of the impressionists—among others--I have, at times, actually tried to force myself to ‘loosen up’, but it seems that a part of me just cannot resist cleanly modeled shapes and detail. My goal is never to make a painting look ‘photographic’—in the vein of the photo realists—but to capture atmosphere and light in ways that evoke an emotional response. Of course, in order to know what does this, I have to rely on my own sensibilities because I have no ability to preconceive how others might react. But, my desire is to lay down colors and create shapes that cause me to pull back and admire them…not because I am the one who just painted them, but because if you hit on something that is really fine, there it is, right in front of you and the reaction is immediate

Many other painters I have spoken with agree that when something nice happens it’s not so much a product of coy planning and consummate skill as it is the result of persistence and being willing to experiment. Unless you are willing to take chances you cannot grow as a painter…or anything else, for that matter. You can, naturally, pre-visualize goals for a piece—aspire to an ideal, if you will--but unless you are willing to treat your initial concept as simply a starting point and remain open to surprises, the predictable result often seems a bit of a let-down. The paintings that cause me to miss meals and pull me into them are the ones that hold forth unanticipated surprises.

Because I frequently paint architectural subjects--along with still-lifes, machines and figurative subjects—I need to use brushes that give me good control of edges and lines, in addition to being able to blend larger areas smoothly. I have come to prefer filberts over other shapes, mostly because they blend well and offer good flexibility in making both wide and narrow strokes.

I paint on birch panels, with oils, using colors from most of the top makers. I also rely on alkyd medium and have been using it since the 80s without any problems at all. I tend to use brushes respectfully, saving the scumbling and scrubbing or pouncing for older brushes that have passed their usefulness for tighter painting. I still find that I use up brushes at an alarming rate. And, I have been unwilling just buy cheaper brushes. (It’s foolish to expect good results through the use of mediocre tools…a lesson I learned emphatically as a maker of collectable knives). So, imagine my delight at finding Trekell brushes. Here at last is a brush that has premium using qualities but at a price that is beyond merely competitive. All brushes wear out. It is, of course, possible to greatly extend the life of them through careful use and cleaning, but for anyone who paints in oils, they are expendable. How nice then to have premium brushes at economy brush prices.

Elements No .1

Night Train

Port City Roasters

Shaker Interior

Donna con Candela

Rods and Drivers

Shaker Meeting House

Hog Bristle Flat 400F Series
Wood Panels - Panel Only, No Cradle - 1/4" thick
Wood Panels - Gallery Profile - 1 3/4
Golden Taklon Liner 2080 Series
Matte Medium