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The Intentionally Exposed Art of Interior

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Today’s post from the Painting of the Day series focuses on a painting of an interior I created in 2019 for my solo exhibition at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hopkins, Minnesota.

The painting is 176x135cm (69×53 inches), and it is divided into four canvas panels, as you can see in the picture. What you see in the painting is pretty straightforward – a couple of chairs, a table, and an abstract background with a circle (or ball) in the middle. The simplicity of the subject matter implies the meaning of what is represented in the painting is something more psychological and philosophical. Because of this, I will focus on these aspects while explaining the art of interior in this piece.

Art of Interior: How Do We Paint it?

I will not clarify the history of the aesthetic, understanding of the style, or the role it plays in fashion, politics, or interior design, as that is an entirely different subject explored by others in literature, articles, and so on.

Let me describe what I mean by the art of interior and what it has to do with painting, and if there is anything in common with the surface of the canvas, what it represents, and the philosophical aura around it.

My interest in painting furniture and interiors goes back to when I started painting, which was when I was seven. It started to become more in-depth at Manchester School of Art. where I explored the subject during my master’s degree program.

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Intentionally Exposed 02, oil on canvas, 176x135cm (69×53 inches), 2020

Why the Sun Rises Every Day

I would compare the interior to the sun because much like how the sun rises every day, the interiors we surround ourselves with are there each day. So why do we take them for granted? Because based on our experience and history, the interior was always an element that filled human existence with the belief that in turn helped us find reasonable conditions by which we could advance in life.

I’ve read or heard that there are more chairs on this planet than there are people to sit on them. I don’t know if that’s true, but I choose to believe it is because it brings a specific sense of security and the belief that the chairs will always be there.

This belief that the art of interiors and what’s in them bring certain security allows me to make the conclusion that probable reasoning has no rational basis. I would refer the experience of looking at the painting to the concept that the same physical laws and rules that function in the universe today have always worked in nature.

David Hume’s Reasoning

David Hume, a philosopher, wrote about whether or not our belief in this principle is founded on reason. In his theories, he explained that the past will hold for the present and the future.

Therefore, I apply his theories to my interior paintings, which can follow a similar reasoning. We look at the interior, and we find in it the values and real existence that infer the existence of our own. It becomes the art of our interior.

Your Interpretation of the Interior

That is why the interpretation of what we see in paintings of interior matters to us the most, as it refers directly to the emotions and memories from the past that also influence our present and the future.

That is why paintings of interiors don’t need much explanation or have special meaning behind them, as they are so close to our beliefs and emotions that they speak for themselves.

Painting of the Day

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Intentionally Exposed 02, oil on canvas, 176x135cm (69×53 inches), 2020 (view)