The Walter Darby Bannard Archive

Catalog statement (1987)

Catalog Statement for the Inaugural Exhibition of the Permanent Collection of Rider College, October, 1987.

When I painted Flamingo Lagoon in 1976 I was absorbed by the challenge of making the most of the sensual characteristics of paint - transparency, viscosity, surface, color, and finish - while keeping traditional elements of light/dark contrast and composition to a minimum. Using a bright, unusual and perhaps unlikable color such as this Pepto-Bismol pink was a way of pointing to my interest, a way of asking you not to scan the painting for relationships, as is customary, but to let the surface come to your eye as emphatic entity full of sensual rather than compositional variety.