ARTIST'S STATEMENT

BY LARRY LOVETT FOR PHOTONIC ART EXHIBITION

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Lovett in  Maui gallery (see works on gallery walls)

Phosphorescent colors distinguish digital artworks. Colors this bright are not usually found
among the tubes of water colors and gouaches at the art store. They are not available in
many hues and are usually made by some hobby supplier or off-brand company. As a result
of much searching around at many stores I have managed to put togather a paint box
stocked with flourescent watercolors and gouaches...and to assemble a series of
flourescent paintings (which are quite video-like, especially under ultraviolet light or in day
light!).

These paintings resemble my digital pieces colorwise, and have the advantages of real
paint on good paper, that is, I have an "analog original" from which digital copies can be
made! Rather than the other way around, where the original is digital, I start with
watercolors and go digital. Having a one-of-a-kind, handmade original has advantages.
Anyway, beyond the technical and market considerations, flourescent paint is fun to paint
with! It jumps out at you while you are working...it's hard to control, and mixes in
unpredictable ways. The results resemble screen colors more than printout colors. It's a
hybrid style, combining the best of both worlds.

In summary, the problem with electronic art is that there is no physical original. So here I
start with what the computer artist is attempting to wind up with, i.e., a one-of-a-kind
original that can be framed and sold. But beyond this practicality, these original photonic
watercolors borne with digital art sensitivity, can be used as a master for an edition of
digital prints.



-Larry Lovett
Haleiwa, Hawaii, May 10, 1999