Yale Factor is one artist who tests our perceptions of reality and illusion. His most recent work, the narrative
still-life paintings, synthesize his earlier work and progress to a new level. These paintings are autobiographical; they
utilize objects with personal meaning to the artist. A sense of "place" seems to infiltrate each canvas and sets
the stage for a highly subjective drama. Maps and charts of places where the artist had lived or visited emerge as
personal landscapes to provide a backdrop. The quest for illusion, however, adopts a slightly new twist in these paintings.
Before us are collections of objects rendered in trompe l'oeil, representations
creating a three-dimensional illusion. At second glance, perhaps from a corner of our eye, these objects suggest activity.
They hover, they pierce, they congregate, they hide, they explode. What begins as re-creation of reality transforms
In the landscape
paintings, Factor brings into a clear focus natural detail which is all too often only vaguely sensed. Each universe
created on canvas or paper is a juxtapositon of traditional Renaissance coloring against modern, almost scientific rendering.
Working together they establish a distinctly personal view. The chiaroscuro technique was borrowed from the old
masters, while the colored shadows evoke a general impression of softness and warmth which underscores the essential drama.
and raised in Chicago, Yale Factor infuses his paintings with a Midwestern sensibility. His work has been shown in regional,
national and international juried exhibitions, as well as in one-person exhibitions in museums across the nation. Factor is
a Professor Emeritus of Art at Northern Illinois University. Prior to taking the teaching position at NIU Yale Factor
was a scientific illustrator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Yale Factor Art Gallery - Chicago is now open located at 2150 S. Canalport
|"Three Falls" watercolor on 140lb. Arches paper 32"x40"
To view additional paintings, please google Yale Factor and a number of sites will be available. You can also find a
porfolio of recent painting at Face Book. Many of these paintings are also offered as Giclees prints on 100% museum
quality paper. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and for pricing information.
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