"Pianissimo" - $1,000
(ATLANTA :: 19 Dec. 2008) If artistic expression is a personal journey, then JD Isaacs has had his passport punched over and over. And we are all the better for it... With “Pianissimo,” he shares his story AND his piece with ARTvision fans, buyers and our other artists.
“'Pianissimo' was painted as a part of a series to express my feelings as a person with HIV at a particular point in time,” he says. “I had been told one morning in 1990 that technically my T-Cells had dropped to a level that changed my status from just HIV positive to AIDS. It was a confusing and obviously emotionally charged moment in that it came at a time when I felt just fine and was embarking on a promising career as a painter and illustrator.
“I never painted expressionistically before, but that night I felt so exposed and raw that taking it out on paper in a way that matched the bold stroke that I was given by my doctor, was the only way I could release it. So frankly, I stripped myself down to naked, grabbed a bottle of wine and a broad brush, turned out all the lights but for the spotlight on my easel and painted one picture after another until the sun came up.
Every emotion I had came out of me that night onto paper and by the end of it, I was exhausted and exhilarated and had come to terms with what I knew I had to do; which was to focus on making the best of whatever time I had left and to make some sort of mark on the world like only I could do it. The entire series was then put into a box and virtually never shown until I opened my gallery in Decatur last July.
“I suppose that when I revisited that 'Pandora's Box' of paintings (see below) 18 years later, I realized what they had done for me and it was time to let them go. I named them after musical terms to match the emotion of each particular piece at the moment it was painted... 'Pianissimo' was painted within a soft depression, a 'blue' moment of fatigue and near resignation. I am very happy to donate all proceeds of this painting to Positive Impact, which has played an important part in my mental health over the years.”
Please join me in congratulating JD for sharing his story with us - and his generosity in donating his piece, which is offered at $1,000. “Pianissimo” is one of a number of pieces painted the night of expression he describes above, many of which are hanging in his gallery and frame shop, Rose Squared, in Decatur. - WP
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