Carl Plansky

Artist Statement+

Plansky believed in individualism and was committed to the honest, personal expression found through painting.  He fully embraced the theory of the abstract expressionists and shunned contemporary art world trends.  He held firm to his belief that “the art world is cool and him.  [I am] too hot and passionate.”

About the Artist+

Carl Plansky, artist, teacher, paint maker, maintained studios in Brooklyn and East Meredith, New York and Budapest, Hungary. He studied with artist Joan Mitchell, a close personal friend who was a strong influence.While painting in her studio in Vetheuil, France he endured her caustic criticism, resulting in beautiful landscape paintings reflectingher influence.Plansky’s paintings are drawn from direct observation, and revel in pitch-perfect color, compositional elegance, and highly expressive brushwork. Also a respected and influential teacher, he guided students at numerous colleges and universities as well as highly acclaimed art institutions, including a return to the New York Studio School in 2004 as a faculty member. Forever dedicated to the craft of oil painting, he began making small batches of handmade paint in the 1980s for himself and artist friends. This would eventually become Williamsburg Oil Paint for Artists, now widely regarded as one of the premier oil paint makers in the worldand used by some of the most respected artists working today. He died in 2009 at age 58.

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