On Friday, Jan 8, I went to see the artwork of Osiris Rain and Joshua Gage at the Dialect Design Gallery. The exhibition is called "American Dream." During the q&a session, Osiris mentioned, almost in passing, that he doesn't use photographs - he paints live. I thought that was interesting, so I asked him why not. His response referenced his pedigree of education, saying that he was not trained that way. Osiris then said that the naked eye can see more than any photo would ever hope to. Which only piqued my curiosity even further: what do you think of artists who do use photographs for painting? His chuckle told me he was going to hold back and "be nice" with his answer. I asked him to be brutal, and he put it simply: it's laziness.
Now, Osiris Rain is a realist painter. In fact he is a member of the International Society of Realist Painters. Could his self-imposed, unforgiving standard be justifiably relaxed for the abstract artist? I would like to pose this same question to a few more artists and see how they came to their decision. Do you agree with Osiris Rain?