Of the themes that define my waking hours and whose influence is undeniably woven into in the work, the most palpable one, playing out on the canvas of late, is an obsession with time —as a resource, as a thief, as a constant shadow. I'm intrigued by the the perception of time as a very real phenomenon: the older we get, the less we experience the rush of novelty. What does that mean for an artist in the fullness of middle age? Is it possible to see and to paint with a heightened sense of discovery? Does experience give depth or limit my ability to engage fully, and without judgement?
My process is fluid, creating space for the adult or the child with a five-second attention span. The challenge when making abstract work is keeping an open mind when imagery and thoughts constantly swirl through the brain. If there is conflict I find the best solution is to work through it, approach things differently and remain open to an unexpected resolution.
about the artist
Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Perry studied portraiture and life drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design while working for ten years an an electrical draftsman for an architectural engineering firm in Providence.
In 1987, Mr. Perry entered the Providence Art Club's Open Painting Show and won the Milton Halladay prize for his portrait, "Bonnie." In 1989, Perry moved to New York City and continued his studies at The Society of Illustrators and the Spring St. Studio.
Once he began spending timeon the East End of Long Island, in Amagansett, he left figurative work behind and entered a new phase, which became his passion—the landscape. Perry now divides his time between New York City, and East Hampton, where he maintains a studio.
Perry has had solo shows at Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY; Elizabeth Dow, East Hampton, NY; and the New Century Gallery, New York, NY. His work has been exhibited in group shows at Lawrence Fine Arts, Ashawagh Hall, and Guild Hall, in East Hampton, NY; Ille Arts, and Neoteric Fine Art Gallery in Amagansett , NY; Zoya Tommy Gallery, in Houston, TX; and Lyons Weir Gallery, in New York, NY, among others. He has participated in numerous art fairs across the country.