Harvey Quaytman and the moral integrity of painting

I’m interested in making paintings with a one hundred percent guarantee of moral integrity, which I think is the only contribution a painter can make to social justice. I mean, if you are able to concentrate everything you believe into your work, then it’s ethically and socially valuable. … The sense of integrity and avoidance of easy answers—these kind of paintings can be like moral sign posts in society…the moral is the result of the aesthetics. When the aesthetic decisions are made with absolute integrity, then I hope they also have a moral resonance. 
Interview between Harvey Quaytman and Kimmo Sarje

Andrew Russeth, Observer, provides this extract from the new monograph of the late artists work. Mckee Gallery recently provided a survey of Harvey Quaytman paintings from the 1970's to the 1990's. 


Harvey Quaytman, Untitled, 1974, acrylic on canvas, 86 x 86 inches





Harvey Quaytman, Untitled 1985, acrylic on canvas, 98 x 73 inches

Harvey Quaytman, Kufikind, 1970, acrylic on canvas 56 x 157 inches
 


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