Featured Artist : Gene Tenner
Artist Bio / Statement
As a child sitting on the marina I was mesmerized by the patterns made by gasoline floating on water. Now, I do almost the same thing.
The entire process of making paint dance on water, swirling the paint into dynamic compositions and creating rhythmic waves is magical.
This is Ebru, the ancient Turkish art of painting on water. The mineral-pigment paint is manipulated on water, and then the image is transferred to paper.
I am one of a handful of artists from around the world who has mastered the Spanish Wave style of Ebru painting.
After more than 40 years as a classically trained intaglio printmaker and self-taught watercolorist, photographer and now Ebru painter I am still fascinated by the process.
For me the process is everything. The outcome is the byproduct of the process. There is more pleasure in doing than completing. The more I practice and improve the process, the better the final product.
There is almost a ‘trompe l'oeil’ sense from my Ebru paintings. People always want to touch it, because they want to see if the waves are real and three-dimensional.
That is what I am after; engaging an audience with skillful composition, playful color and intelligent stimulation that are bound together by natural forms and a unique technique.
I have a M.A. in printmaking from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in painting and sculpture from Blackburn College.
I use Dharma Trading's gall and methylcellulose and paints.
I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and am proud to represent more than 30,000 union men and women who swing a hammer for a living.