Primarily self taught, Rex Maurice Oppenheimer has won awards as both an artist and writer. His writings include many nonfiction books and articles, poetry and lyrics for songs recorded on Capitol and Arista Records. His paintings have been exhibited in a variety of venues and purchased by collectors in the United States and abroad.
A dual French and American citizen, he has traveled extensively and lived on four continents. A combination of wanderlust, romanticism and artistic passion propelled him through a checkered past, which included everything from smuggling pre-Columbian art out of Mexico, songwriting in Los Angeles, vagabonding throughout India and across Asia, to living in London’s Belgravia replete with Rolls and chauffer.
Oppenheimer had won awards as an artist at an early age, but for whatever reason writing came to dominate his life for many years. The desire to paint, which had smoldered within, blazed forth some years ago when he was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he met and studied briefly with the Artist Roger Williams.
The ineffable echoes through the colors and shapes of the ordinary scenes and objects I paint. The commonplace speaks a mantra of existence and the colors blend a body of reality around an abstract heart.
To try and keep it simple, a painting is not a photograph. A brushstroke, a shape of color, can evoke feeling beyond it’s meaning. I like abstract art, and I like representational art. I particularly like when the two meet. I was greatly influenced by the Impressionists. I hope to find the intersection of the unknown and the commonplace, to bring the soul of the mountain to the surface of its stones.
From a certain perspective everything is abstract in the sense that it is just shape, color and light. Look closely at a section of an incredibly realistic lace collar painted by Rembrandt, and it appears to be blobs and strokes of paint in different values.
In painting things I see, I am deconstructing them into shapes of color. Brushstrokes coalesce those color shapes on the canvas to create thoughts and feelings beyond the image we have given a name.