The science of art

Artist Deborah Bigeleisen Inspires a Conversation Between Art and Science.

In their simplest definitions, art and science seem to straddle opposite ends of a spectrum. It appears that science is constructed on a linear black and white line while art is painted in a kaleidoscope of colors. The reality is that science can be born on the wings of curiosity and creativity and art can be dictated by technicalities and technique. Art and science, like humans in the universe, are connected in weird and wonderful ways.

“Study the science of art". Study the art of science. Develop your senses - learn to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else,” noted Leonardo DaVinci. Artist Deborah Bigeleisen masterfully provokes a dialogue between aesthetics and science in many of her works.

Bigeleisen launched her career by painting Rembrandt-like portraits of luminous white roses. Always working with a single image of a flower, she strips away the mask of the exterior form and magnifies the interior thousands of times to depths beyond what is visible to the naked eye.

Her subject is no longer simply a flower; it is a dynamic system existing in a chaotic universe filled with energy, turbulence, mystery, and beauty.

A unique vision

When you first view Bigeleisen’s flowers, you may think she is channeling Georgia O’Keeffe. However, closer inspection reveals the artist has her own original perspective on flowers, nature, and life. Over the course of her storied career, she has painted more than 150 roses in visions from hyperrealist to non-objective. Her mastery of brushwork is her superpower. Her work probes the bridge between beauty and science, order and chaos and brings a unique perspective to the style of floral painting, blending seamlessly with the modern world. In a culture where one rarely looks beneath the surface, Bigeleisen dives deep into her soul to redirect our vision to the many layers of flowers. Pictured below is Energy 3, oil on canvas, 40” x 70” (© 2011)

Forensics of fractals

Bigeleisen‘s work with fractals takes the literal definition - the self- repeating properties found within a single object of nature when magnified thousands of times - and broadens the principles to show how nature repeats itself through multiple phenomena. Capturing the depth of her subject’s anatomy, its dynamism, its turbulence, and unpredictability, she uses a carefully controlled palette of limited colors to engage the viewer and asks them to question their own bond between human activity and the patterns and cycles of nature.

Though the non-representational work may suggest a natural likeness - a wing, a wave, a shell, or even a human form - her vision invites a fresh dialogue between beauty and science. Pictured below is Reductionismoil on canvas, suite of 4 units – 20” x 20” each, overall size 40” x 40” (© 2009)

Forces of nature

Several of her series provoke a conversation between art and the natural world. “Dreamscape” reintroduces her style of painting Rembrandt-like ‘portraits’ of a single image of flower juxtaposed with the power of water. Water is a transporter of energy, it is the life force that nourishes our bodies, nature, and the earth. Water heals. To understand water is to understand life itself. With titles paying homage to the most magnificent and majestic waterfalls around the globe, the magnitude of the flowers impacted by water transcends the awe, the mystery, and the beauty of nature. Pictured below is Bridal Veil Falls, acrylic on canvas, 60” x 48” (©2021)

Beauty and geometric abstraction

The Kaleidoscope series intertwines the aesthetic beauty of a flower with the tension of geometric abstraction. The flower keeps us rooted in nature and classical beauty while the geometric planes symbolize the impact that technology and world events have on eroding away at our norms. Bigeleisen deftly silhouettes a petal, delineates an ovary, and plays with shadows, always inviting the viewer into the center of the flower and to the core. Pictured below is Dynamic Rhythm, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 52” x 46” (© 2020)

Mystery and movement

Bigeleisen’s evocative paintings of natural forms encompass endlessly engaging energy, movement, and mystery. She brilliantly captures the fleeting effect of natural phenomena and immortalizes the transitory nature of life. Peeling away the layers and magnifying the image to its core, she exposes the depth of her subject’s anatomy, its dynamism, its turbulence, and its unpredictability. With her unique vision inspired by fractals, and her techniques rooted in the practices of the 17th Century Dutch masters, Deborah’s work is both a fresh perspective of and a deep insight into the familiar. Painting empowers Bigeleisen to meld with herself, her subjects, and viewers sharing her unique brand of magic, a voice that demands to be heard and seen.

Deborah Bigeleisen is an award-winning artist whose paintings enhance corporate and private collections worldwide and are represented by galleries across the United States. Her work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions and has been published widely.

Bigeleisen paints from her Palm Beach studio sprouting joy and wonders with each brushstroke and new canvas.

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