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D. Loren Champlin’s work engages the viewer on a visceral level. He is perhaps most concerned with portraiture and scenes that portray highly emotional human relationships or comments on the human condition. This direct emotional link between the subject matter and the artist is transmitted directly to the viewer, creating a strong emotional bond between the viewer and artist that lends his work an extraordinary pathos. Working with a vibrant palette of earth tones which resonate deeply with each other – rich oxblood reds, puce and Prussian blues abut vivid greens, yellows and swirling orange – Champlin’s strong sweeping brushstrokes weave a tapestry of expression. Here, painting is the ultimate synthesis between artist and subject matter. Both are transformed, taken away from themselves and made into a third entity that captures representational images with emotion.
D. Loren Champlin lives in the highland of Maine. A professional artist since 1992, he is currently working on two series, the largest of which is his ‘Songs of the Son’.
An online version of this review may be found here Art-Mine
Edvard Munch once said 'I do not paint what I see but what I saw.' Contemporary artist D. Loren Champlin continues the tradition of expressionism with his engaging oil paintings. Mr. Champlin explores the complexity of the emotional experience by creating a world where appearances are intrisically linked to pathos.
Mr. Champlin paints with sweeping brushstrokes which convey movement on the canvas. His style illustrates a unique optimism, depicting heartwarming subject matter such as children playing. Colors such as fresh oranges and crisp greens grace the canvas like lapping waves. The hues correspond with profound emotions rather than a literal translation of substantive hues. The application of line does not strictly adhere to the rules of reality as the lines seem to have a spirit unto them.
D. Loren Champlin has been exhibited nationally and has been sold internationally. His work has been featured on the cover of the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine.
An online version of this magazine and review may be found here Art Acquisitor; Vol 7, Num 1, page 41
An online version of this magazine and review may be found here: ArtisSpectrum Vol. 21
D. Loren Champlin's works explore the textures of the human body in forms that move beyond naturalism to expressionist virtuosity. Through brushwork that is bold as well as detailed, Loren's portraits, landscapes and abstracts express a powerful and sensitive empathy for the human condition and our place in the universe. Like fellow Norwegian Edvard Munch, Loren's subjects are often surrounded by emotionally resonant eddies of color, light and shadow which inject his vivid paintings with personal whirlpools and emotional imprints; these swirls and eddies bespeak a whole world of emotions and metaphysical views that are visually arresting as well as psychologically insightful.
Loren's skilled and sensitive work in portraiture binds his subjects with the canvas and forms the holistic nature of his work. His subjects are indeed wrapped in their passions, yet they do not lose their humanity- they do, in fact, gain a universal appeal due to the delicate brushwork that is the base of their portraits.
Agora gallery's artist's profile can be found here Agora Gallery Profile for D. Loren Champlin
"D. Loren Champlin understands life’s ephemeral fragility and he understands the importance of the moment. In his paintings, fluid mark-making unites subjects with their surroundings, creating an instantaneously uplifting harmony of forms. Champlin, who has maintained a keen awareness of spirituality since childhood, understand the potential art has to transform figures and settings into dreamscapes that are at once celestial and accessible. He weaves together color and texture, intertwines figures and nature, and synthesizes stillness with movement. Ultimately, his paintings are about the liquid interaction between the spiritual realm and the physical world.
Visiting Norway as a student, Champlin was exposed to the work of Edvard Munch. Munch’s soulful intensity would later influence Champlin’s approach to painting, as would Norway’s majestic landscape. The relationship between nature, spirituality and humanity that dictates Champlin’s work also reflects the artist’s familiarity with the symbolism and iconography of the Catholic Church, a familiarity that has helped him visualize normally intangible ideas.
Champlin primarily works in oil, a medium known for its emotive viscosity. His bold line work and uninhibited use of color give his paintings a confident energy, inviting viewers into an invigorating, sensorial experience. Champlin has exhibited nationally and his painting has been featured on the cover of the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine. He currently lives and works in the highlands of Maine. "
An online version of this magazine and review may be found here: ArtisSpectrum Vol. 20 ; page 27
Loren's skilled and sensitive work in portraiture binds his subjects with the canvas and forms the holistic nature of his work. His subjects are indeed wrapped in their passions, yet they do not lose their humanity--they do, in fact, gain a universal appeal due to the delicate brushwork that is the base of their portraits."
Artist Umberto Boccioni stated: "A portrait to be a work of art, neither must nor may resemble the sitter. . . one must paint its atmosphere." The works by Master Artist D. Loren Champlin are more than modest portraits - they capture agonizing heartache and profound beauty. The atmosphere that Boccioni speaks of is exactly what Mr. Champlin has painted. This is a portrait not just of the sitter, but also the energy and world around them. The raw emotions of the figure come through in the mesmerizing combination of color and line. He paints with bold strokes, confidently displaying the spinning environment with moves that are deft and sure. The swirling vortexes he constructs create amorphous backgrounds which are the perfect complement to the subjects of the foreground.
At their bases, the paintings rely on vivid colors and clean lines to evoke such turbulent emotions. The portraits depict people at an emotional peak - whether it is pain or pleasure - that transcends the borders of the canvas and draws the viewer in to share in the emotional anguish. Mr. Champlin's goal has been achieved, as the viewer not only sympathizes with those portrayed, but is able to see a little of themselves in the portrait. Mr. Champlin connects to the elemental human suffering that everyone carries with them.
Mr. Champlin's expressionist influences can be seen in both his direct use of stunning color and moving subject matter. The work of a strong expressionist painter such as Mr. Champlin projects its message without unnecessary fanfare. Capturing human suffering at its core, Mr. Champlin's work is at once poignant and heart-wrenching, and plays to a profound, common, human emotion.
Mr. Champlin currently lives in Maine with his wife and son. He has exhibited in New York, Washington, and Tennessee, as well as internationally. He has been painting professionally since 1992. He is a member of EBSQ and bas been featured in many juried shows."
- Ruthie Tucker, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Aug, 2008
"The highly textured portraits by painter D. Loren Champlin express the tumultuous experience of an intense inner life. His artwork is, as he says, "calculated chaos resulting in harmony" through his skilled fusion of lines and color within the human bodies he paints. Even if his subjects are motionless, the textures which make up their bodies reveal a multifarious nature.
Champlin's artistic vision is focused on merging the moment of inspiration with the commitment of painting. To capture the human life in a single instant, in a pose, or embrace, Champlin exceeds the bounds of portraiture and inhabits an expressionism reminiscent of fellow Norwegian Edvard Munch. Tides of color roil around his subjects like auras, and are echoed in similar ebbs within the limbs and faces of those he brings to the canvas. The human condition has always been Champlin's concern, and that vulnerability is expressed, ironically, in his bold brushwork and the tumult it conveys. D. Loren Champlin's paintings embrace the fleeting moment wherein the human character is revealed."
"In moody, expressionisitic drags of paint D. Loren Champlin exposes the brutalities and joys derived of human passion. Deep reds, flesh tones, and azures swirl across the canvas, emphasizing the emotion of the subject matter. The style is highly reminiscent of Edvard Munch, whose works influenced the Pittsburgh-born Champlin when he was living in Norway as a teenager.
The nude is a common motif in Champlin's paintings, but has varied meanings. Some are peaceful and meditative, while others are sensual or even grotesque. Each, however, exposes a truthof the individual's character. Champlin also paints scenes of musicians and familial outings. These paintings are visual stories of people absorbed by their surroundings and the things that make them happy.
Champlin's works are wrought with the raw emotion of the human experience. Themes such as romantic ardor, parental love, betrayal, and contemplation show the multiplicity of life. Invoking the untamable spirit of a stallion, his paintings emanate intensity, energy, and movement. "
An online version of this magazine and review may be found here: ArtisSpectrum Vol. 18 ; page 44
Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art Las Vegas, NV Feb 14, 2010
Agora Gallery Press Release "Figuratively Speaking" Feb 26, 2008
"Just came home to check the horses and it is here! It's great! Thanks for stretching it, I really do love it. I believe it was meant for me. . . Thanks so much, very proud to own such a great painting. Pam" Jun, 2008
"...You captured the emotion and the energy of my journal entry SPOT ON. You really have a knack for that, you know. You paint 'emotion' better than any other artist I've seen. Truly. I think it's the combination of the color, the brushstokes and the impressionistic quality of the subject. You are quite talented.
No other artist could have captured my journal entry better than you. Definitely.
I've hung the painting in the central-most area of my teenie-tiny condo. So it's the first thing I see when I walk into the door. - and when I do my dishes. - and when I wake up. - and when I leave for the day. I also hung a picture light so that the soul of the butterfly is illuminated. It's quite remarkable.
When I look at your painting, I feel all sorts of emotions: pride at the immense courage I mustered to leave that 'perfect life'; sadness at the fact that I was so entrapped in a secretive mire; anger at myself for making that choice to marry him when - deep down - I knew of his tendancies; and hope that the hardship I've endured will lead me to brighter horizons. . ." Cris Feb 2008