Featured Artist | Ira Upin

Featured Artist

Ira Upin | Philadelphia, PA
http://www.iraupin.com/
@iualwaysworking

The two constants in my work have been the narrative and the intensity of the visual. I want the viewer to be intoxicated and perplexed by how I make my paintings and intrigued by the stories I’m trying to tell. I’m interested in human dynamics whether they be social, political, or emotional.

– Art needs to have meaning, to be done as if it’s existence can change the world. A lot of art gets too caught up in the weeds of “art for arts sake”, art about art, and art lingo/jargon. I don’t know much about that other than the endeavor of making art, at it’s core, should be pure. When it’s done with that motive it takes the artist as he/she is making it and subsequently the viewer, to somewhere new and exhilarating.

– Fashion is ephemeral, so I never concern myself with what is fashionable, which in the end puts me in and out of fashion depending in what decade my work is being considered. I’ve been doing some version of the same thing for 50 years – narrative as the frame combined with the visual as the draw, the hook.

– At the elemental level of life itself, if you stop and think, everything is essentially something we do to keep ourselves busy between birth and death. The in between is the variable from one person to the next. Are you decent, are you compassionate, do you seek truth and a clear understanding of reality? Those are the questions I ponder to justify my life and what I do with my time.

– What makes us what we are?

– I relate to this quote by Fellini “I put myself at the service of my fantasies.”

– Art should have quality of craft, clarity of purpose, and meaning. 

TMTV 6 Medium Oil on Panel Size 18"x 24"
TMTV 6 |Oil on Panel | 18″x 24″
TMTV 7 Medium Oil on Panel Size 18"x 24"
TMTV 7 | Oil on Panel | 18″x 24″
 TMTV 1 Medium Oil on Panel Size 18"x 24"
TMTV 1 | Oil on Panel | 18″x 24″

TMTV 4
Medium
Oil on Panel
Size
18"x 24"
TMTV 4 | Oil on Panel | 18″x 24″

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