Collections, Colleagues, and Play



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acrylic paintings (visual works)

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Forest for the Trees (Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen), a durational performance painting and installation (acrylic on canvas), measures 9 feet by 12 feet.

Artist's Statement:

Ron Mills-Pinyas painted this canvas in the Linfield Gallery. Viewers were invited to return during the process.

The painter is here approaching the subject as metaphor for our often myopic rush to think we know, vis-a-vis a larger scope of existence that includes the perceiver as much as the perceived. Therefore, those looking for trees may be disappointed. Look for “the forest” of which you are already a part.

The work is dedicated to the memory of Mills-Pinyas's dear colleague of many years, master ceramist and artist, mentor and philosopher of art, Nils Lou. This work will later go to Gallery Kunsthaus Burg Vossloch in Hamburg, Germany as part of a traveling exhibit about the spiritual meaning of wilderness and the wisdom of the natural world.


This work appeared in Collections, Colleagues, and Play, an exhibition celebrating the life and career of Nils Lou presented by the Linfield Gallery and the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Linfield College from February 9 through March 14, 2015. Image courtesy of Ronald Mills de Pinyas.

The scope and impact Lou had upon friends, family, colleagues, students, and emerging artists is impossible to define. Throughout his artistic career, he helped to expound and expand ceramics as an art form, both in technique and aesthetics. From painting, sculpture, drawing, and ceramics, Lou’s storied career touched countless people throughout the world.


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