Solaris Online Art Auction Open Now!
Art Zorn, a Vermont painter and musician, has generously offered 4 paintings as a gift to the Solaris Vocal Ensemble to auction in support of our organization. Three are 24 x 36 acrylic on canvas. The fourth is 36 x 48. They are being sold separately, but can also be combined into a striking set.
All four are available to view at each of the Solaris December concerts.
If you can visualize this artwork in your home, business or as a gift, give us a bid at 32auctions.com/Solaris2019.
The auction ends at 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time on December 18th.
Four Works by Art Zorn
The artist’s inspiration for the artwork
I’ve heard a lot of choral groups. The last Solaris concert I went to was the best example of choral singing I’ve ever heard in Vermont at any time. So when Skip asked me if I’d be willing to do some paintings to auction as a fundraiser for the group I said, oh yeah – I want to support that kind of work.
While I was painting I was thinking about Solaris. They are such a fine, balanced group – so that every little layer is a tweak of everything. Trying to celebrate the fact that each line, each stripe of color, is unique but making it all one.
Art Zorn’s comments about the artistic process
I started with a blank canvas. I was thinking about SATB ensembles, especially Solaris, and I decided I was going to put down a choral staff just with paint and premium.
I thought about the Sopranos (I wasn’t thinking colors yet) but it’s a high part, there’s a high C in here. Then for the Altos it’s a typical Alto part – all the notes are the same with one different note at the end. The Tenor part was very active. I made the Tenors the brightest but they also blend. And the Basses have the lower notes anchoring it all together.
Then I added the words, “We sing because we can.” But I didn’t want to make it too specific because when you are hearing a piece of choral music you can hear the notes and words but in the end you just want the experience – you don’t want the mechanics of the music to get in the way of the emotional experience.
And then I started adding color in very thin layers. Each painting has at least 12 to 15 layers of paint. Over a couple weeks I’d layer paint on – not with a brush but with a foam board and rags. Then when I was thinking about colors I chose a rich tone for the Sopranos. When I work with Sopranos singing high in their head voice, I’m always looking for a nice round tone, so I muted the color. The Altos usually are perfect so all I did was use the violet color out of the tube. They complement the Sopranos. Tenors were much brighter, active tones. Basses have the low tones.
As I was deciding how much paint to put on top of each I decided it’s not about what’s printed on the page – it’s about the experience of the music as a whole.
Note: The colors on your computer may not be an accurate reflection of the rich depth of these works. They are available to view at each of the Solaris December Concerts, where you can also hear the rich tones described by the art.
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