Thaddeus Radell. Speak, Memory

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Profoundly impactful in both scale and palette, Thaddeus Radell’s narrative paintings
have been described as “poetic, mysterious, and epic in their rich concentration of
pigment suspended in beeswax, sculpted with palette knives and small brushes.”

The New York artist incorporates a variety of techniques in the creation of his paintings,
which he describes as “profoundly abstracted figure compositions in an undefined
setting.” Radell begins his paintings intuitively with random marks that establish larger
masses—heads, torsos, and limbs. Gesture and rhythmic distance between figures
evolve to animate his “scenes.” Ravishing colors glow with the matte luster of his wax
medium. The finished paintings often bear titles from classical literature, but these can
be seen by the viewer as either descriptive or metaphorical.

“Applying and scraping off paint, Radell positively hacks out the images in his paintings
with palette knives. Bits of burlap curl out here and there, but below the raw ‘tectonic’
forces lie subtle observations,” writes John Goodrich.

“Radell shares the abstractexpressionists’ faith in the power of the gesture; in fact, Radell’s paintings are gestures, built-up of repeated layering of rapid, black outlines and ragged, humming planes of
color. These impart a richly atmospheric impression of pulsing depths and thick space.”

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