About The Artist
Artist, Photographer, Computer Programmer, Horticulturalist, Nature & Plant Lover, Writer.
Simply put, art is about evoking feelings — not emotions, but deeper feelings, of "the Beloved" if you will. An instanateous, wordless recognition or revelation, so to speak. If it doesn't do that, if it's made merely by being clever, it's not real art. I'm a traditionalist in the sense that I want my art to be beautiful. If I can resonate, capture, evoke that powerful inner feeling quality in a VISION, then it's "good art".
Painting and photography enhance each other. And they both help artist and viewer see the world in new and deeper ways.
I express and explore my passion and vision through art, writing, photography, conversation, gardening, and inventing...
All great artists are explorers.
I coined the term "Pararealism" to denote the fact that
realism in painting has many more dimensions than what is ordinarily
considered "realistic" (such as in the supposed objective
representationalism of a photograph). The term "pararealism" also
points to the fact of going beyond photorealism (“post” or “neo-photorealism”
are cumbersome words and not as suggestive!). It is my view that
realism, impressionism and abstraction all blend into each other
in the reality of a painting, and these categories and terms are
more present in the mind, as useful categories for discussion, than
as realities in the world. However, nothing is set in stone, and
my art is an exploration, in thought and action, of these worlds
of vision, light, feeling and representation.
Art is divergent: it does not try to hone in on The Truth for the future, like religion
and science attempt to do, but instead the growth of
art-culture is akin to the growth and evolution of life, ever increasing
in depth, complexity and diversity. Beauty, Truth and Goodness
are not trends of fashion or -isms, or static idealistic absolutes,
but ever-living forms, reflective of the ineffable wellsprings
of light, love and truth from the core of life, from which all
draw on in the present.
Platt has been making art since childhood, coming from a creative family that includes a father and brother that were architects and a sister and mother that were artists. He draws on many traditions and sources of inspiration for his art. The world around him serves as an endless source of visual wonder.
Platt is also an accomplished photographer, with two exhibits
of his work to his credit so far in San Diego. His photographic inspires
and informs his work. He says “Painting and photography enhance each
other. And they both help artist and viewer see the world in new and deeper
Platt has a B. A. from the University of California,
San Diego in Philosophy and Art History, and currently resides
in the historic South Park/Golden Hills area of San Diego. He is
primarily a self-taught painter but has taken instruction with
the well-known colorist Patricia Patterson and the highly accomplished
realist André Rushing. Platt's art can be found in private collections
in Europe and North America.
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