Dr. Michael Durst is an artistic messenger of elation, hope, and wellbeing. He combines his masterful skills in color with his proficiency for conveying his love for humanity, nature, and all living creatures. These admirable artistic and personal attributes lay the foundation for his visionary imagination to flourish. Michael’s capacity to express the healing power of art shines through his paintings.
As we enter Michael’s resplendent world of “Heartscape Paintings” we encounter a unique and diverse range of awe-inspiring subjects — from landscapes, wildlife, figures and portraits to abstractions. His dreamlike perspective and deft use of symbolism and metaphysical elements such as sacred geometry reveal a profound insight into the states of consciousness.
An extraordinary example is “Spiritual Awakening”, shown above. This transcendent painting is a quintessential expression of enlightenment. It was a pleasure to select it and feature it prominently in “The Healing Power of Resilience” and “The Healing Power of Color” juried exhibitions.
As a color virtuoso who uses a highly versatile palette Michael reveals his acute sensitivity to the importance of color balance. His carefully composed canvasses exude a chromatic and tonal harmony and convey a natural fluid rhythm. In addition, his use of tactile swathes of paint and exquisite luminous glazes bring increased depth and dimension to his paintings.
In some of Michael’s paintings we see artistic sparks reminiscent of the Impressionists Monet and Van Gogh. Although Michael is inspired by them, he departs from their traditional stylistic paths and imbues his art with his refreshing contemporary spirit. His distinctive voice resounds with a crescendo of animated hues, brush strokes and forms.
Michael’s joyful exuberance as an artist reminds us that life offers a wellspring of resplendent moments for us to experience and celebrate with gusto and gratitude.
Visit Dr. Michael Durst’s website HeartscapePaintings.com
This Art Review was written by Renee Phillips, Director and Curator, Manhattan Arts International and The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS, New York, NY
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