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Jack S. Vander Wal  thoughts

Personal Statement 

In an insecure world, war wakes people up from a moral stupor. It is a time when morals are fully tested. In contrast, men tend to become proud of their vices in a secure and prosperous world. My moral awakening came during the Nazi occupation of Holland, from 1940-1945, when I was 16-20. Many of my childhood friends and comrades did not live to see their 20th birthday. This war drastically changed my priorities and perspectives. The postwar era quickly became secure and prosperous. So I was an anomaly in a world fueled by heroic materialism.

In my opinion, the North American art climate in the mid 1950s was dominated by adults still in adolescent self-absorption, promoting limited, trendy work - untouched by what had gone before. So to stay on my own course, I worked and developed in isolation.

As I am a compulsive painter immersed in a visually stimulating world, I view life and the world in a manner that defies pure subjectivity. When I paint, energy takes over and determines the end result. In the same manner, my art finds its meaning from the viewer's interaction.

My art from the mid 1950s to the present is like a visual journal of the dance of life, it explored the times I lived. This is expressed in the words of T.S. Eliot,

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."

Jack. S. Vander Wal, Canada Creek, Nova Scotia, Canada - 2001

IT IS MY CONFICTION that art must elevate us above our material means.

Thought precedes creative activity an thus the universe is the result of thought of its Divine Creator.

Surrounded by that creation, I am inspired to express through my art a free and beautiful world, lying beyond ordinary good and evil. Art must stimulate the imagination for a better life.

Jack S. Vander Wal, 2005

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