/ Love on the Road by Ron Hicks. Born in 1967 is an American priest of the Catholic Church and serves as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
"I see things very abstractly, so I think of myself as a painter who sees shape, value, edges and texture. I like to romanticize life. I love the interaction of people doing.. 'things' whatever it is. It could be the most mundane thing to any passer-by, but I find great beauty in that." Ron Hicks.
With a muted pallet, Hicks creates beautiful and timeless pieces with such fluidity and movement that it takes the viewer on an emotional journey where you feel like you can insert yourself into the subject matter of any of his paintings.
The artist’s romantic side comes out in many of his figurative works, especially those portraying couples in love. As with most of his multi-figure works, these often begin as ideas and sketches from which he conceives a more detailed scene. Models are posed and background elements are sometimes brought in from his large collection of photos taken during his travels. While the two models in LOVE ON THE ROAD were painted posing as if engaged in a car to car kiss, they were actually in the studio, reaching for each other from separate chairs. Hicks added the cars and completed the mood with background imagery from an Italian trip. Did the lovers plan to meet, or happen to come upon each other on the road? Were they strangers who stopped and stole a kiss? “I like my paintings to be open-ended. I like to lead you in a direction but not give you everything,” the artist says. “There’s no right or wrong way to see it.”
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