The What is Painting? Project: Featuring Ted Stanuga

What is Painting? Norbert Marszalek

I thought it would be intriguing to ask painters this simple yet complex question. This query comes with no ground rules—it’s up to each individual artist to find their own approach and direction.

This project will be an ongoing exploration … let’s see where it takes us.

What is Painting?
Featuring Ted Stanuga

It seems to me that art has been enduring a conspiracy requiring that we know the why and wherefore of every mark, material, means of purchase, and ending placement for the artworks we produce. Why? The work is completely dead before the paint dries.

I am asked to help collectors making art purchases occasionally and when asked always suggest choosing the work that is most mysterious, or that at least is completely confusing. The work can then reveal itself over time as the viewer grows to understand it.

So in painting a work that does this there is to begin with a reach for forms, colors, textures, lines, and relationships that have never existed. In this the artist discovers eventually his or her profound individual mind and the finished work allows for the same in the viewer.

To attempt such in paint is painting.

Ted StanugaTed Stanuga, Torso, oil on canvas, 72″ x 72″, 2013

A biography by way of the jobs that have gotten me here.

Zinc Ingot production: stacking, pouring and skimming. Fruit and vegetable picking: Imperial Valley California. Assistant manager bookstore, head of art book department: Stuart Brent Books. Feeding cows in the winter: Montana. Chaining felled logs. Interior architectural design. US Marine Corps. Load Foreman: Dry Valley Mine Idaho, Frame carpenter, finish carpenter, millwork and cabinet maker. Chief Preparator: art museum. Assistant to master printer: lithography. Patina cleaning and waxing, patina restoration of sculpture. Sculpture installation. General Manager: National Veterans Art Museum. Teaching painting, studio practices, drawing. Gas pipeline construction and repair. Literature.

I try to make sure that elements of these experiences are remembered daily through my studio practice.

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