Piece description from the artist
An “undersea” painting which has the unusual distinction of having no geometric foils.
My painting involves an intuitive process that is free of specific subject matter. From 1985 to 2000 my focus shifted back and forth between allover fields and forms within fields. In 2000 I began the geometrical formatting of my fields. This was simply the result of liking the look of one painting when it came in close proximity to another painting. I started by adding one painting to another on the same canvas. This process evolved into varieties of combinations, both vertical and horizontal. I am currently at a point where large vertical sections are suggested by the spontaneously occurring layers in horizontal paintings.
Joe Hartoutunian was born in Chicago and attended Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin. After college he traveled in Europe and Morocco which turned out to be a very formative year for him and his career.
From 1967-8 he attended the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago where he met and married Gabriella Burrage. Together they traveled in Europe and Morocco and then Joe returned to Chicago where he studied art with Paul Wieghardt at the Evanston Art Center.
In 1982 Joe built his current studio in Steuben, ME. He still works and lives in Maine where in 2001 he taught art at the University of Maine at Machias, and coached golf and tennis at the local high school.