Welcome to Visual Language...

Through interviews and studio visits, this platform will exhibit discussions, commentary, and imagery of contemporary painters who are making an effort to expand the possibilities of painting and contribute to its cultural significance.

We will attempt to explore the diverse narratives of modern painting, showcasing the compelling voices of this art genre. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a collector, or simply seeking inspiration, our site serves as a window into the visionary realm of contemporary painting, inviting you to immerse yourself in the boundless possibilities of this art form.

Artist Interviews and Essays

Ruby R. Scott

Ruby R. Scott, specializes in large acrylic paintings that seem to fluctuate between a suggestive narrative and a nuanced visual atmosphere. Scott’s compositions can retain one’s attention because of the suggestive qualities that are slowly provided to the viewer. A […]

Decorations are not Paintings

Why do I see so many visual artists creating decorations and illustrations and calling them paintings? It seems that the majority of contemporary painters are ignoring, or have no knowledge of, the last 50 years of contemporary picture-making. This guy […]

The Emperor Has No Clothes!

I don’t get Stanley Whitney’s painting. Does the emperor have no clothes? I see nothing in this work….not even a good bed sheet or table placemat for your summer cottage in the Hamptons. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/03/shapes-and-colors So if you reference your painting […]

Ted Kurland

The recent works from Ted Kurland are a good example of why painting is unlike any other medium.   Mr. Kuralnds’s pictorial compositions not only provide vivid and mysterious abstract shapes but continually allow a viewer to discover a multitude […]

John Guzman

The Blaffer Art Museum is presenting the first solo museum exhibition of work by artist John Guzman (b. 1984). Flesh and Bone focuses on works produced in the artist’s hometown of San Antonio and the Texas debut of paintings completed […]

Queen Amina

 A self-taught artist, Queen Amina creates visceral works that maintain a compositional buoyancy and an innate control of pictorial space. Many of her compositions are in black and white on various surfaces but overall Queen Amaina exhibits an acute mastery […]

Toby Rosser

Toby Rosser at “Visual Language & Catharsis” EXCERPT FROM THE CATALOG ESSAY WRITTEN BY PHOEBE HOBAN Visit Toby Rosser’s web site: tobyrosserstudio.com Toby Rosser’s work emanates sheer velocity. The shapes and forms he conjures up on canvas spin on their own […]

Stephen Paul Connor

Visit Steve Paul Connor’s web site: stephenpaulconnor.com Catalog Essay by Phoebe Hoban Stephen Paul Connor teaches game design at a community college in Austin, Texas, instructing his classes in the creation of art for computer games. Connor’s practice in his studio […]

John Hovig

John Hovig Visit john Hovigs’s web site: johnhovig.com John Hovig, like Toby Rosser, is an internet developer; he has been “steeped in software coding” since 1980. Hovig originally wanted to be an architect, and both that predilection and his profession are […]

Bob Marty

Visit Bob Marty’s website: bobmarty.com Bob Marty’s colorful career ranges from helping build Big Bird for Sesame Street to working on sets and props for several George Balanchine ballets to creating over 1,000 television specials for PBS and other major […]

All artists are agents of culture. No matter how insignificant any artist’s effort and contribution may seem.

The artist’s will to invoke an object, a picture, a song, or a poem, into existence is what will convince future civilizations of our desire to breathe amidst the unrelenting chaos of our lives.

---Toby Rosser