At first glance, Lawrence Fodor’s large-scale mixed media oil paintings are intense, lyrical, and wholly abstract works of art. Hidden behind the surface of these abstractions, however, is a vast archive of historic masterpieces, meticulously executed homages to icons including Peter Paul Rubens, Jean Etienne Ramey, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Théodore Géricault, JMW Turner, the Laocöon, and ancient Greco-Roman sculpture. Old world masters haunt and vibrate through Fodor’s richly layered surfaces.
With a deep reverence for these icons and a fascination with re-interpretation, Fodor draws the past into the thoroughly contemporary present. The images, themes and conceptual content of these historic works are obscured, revised and re-contextualized for the 21st century in a highly personal visual language of intuitive mark making. The paintings directness, raw energy and de/re-construction resonate and reiterate the artist’s worldview while their historic sources reflect the world at large.
The exhibition’s title, “…a tireless hand,” alludes to a Victor Hugo poem of the same name.
“It represents, metaphorically, many different aspects about my drive as a painter and the approach I take with my work,” Fodor says. “Painting is my best means of communicating, by a long shot, and I have tirelessly pursued building my vocabulary within the medium to more fully and inventively express myself. It is a nonstop job.”