Terry Crump is an artist working in Houston Texas. He received a BFA degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Born and raised in Endicott, New York, he moved with his wife and two daughters to Texas in 1979. He worked as a Graphic Designer and Supervisor in a corporate environment until 1999, when his focus changed to mural painting. He presently concentrates on fine art painting in acrylics on canvas. His painting objective is to create unique landscape environments that reflect the complexities of contemporary life by utilizing dissonant subject matter against abstracted design elements.
I paint the way I do because it gives me great joy. I revel in breaking the rules of conventional composition, giving negative space a place of importance, and hanging abstract art elements on, often incongruous, subjects. I love the development of visual chaos running rampant on the canvas. I love even more the exhaustive task of bringing all the painting’s components under control for a satisfactory result – the only thing that counts in art. There is no other way for me to paint.
Each painting presents its own unique challenges. Most often I forge ahead with only a flash of an idea or a snippet from life and slowly build the painting by working over the whole surface of the canvas. I continually add subjects, lines, shapes and color unconcerned with illusory representation.
Sometimes a fortuitous narrative creeps into play. Sometimes the only evident story is the process itself. Through it all, I have obtained newfound freedoms and a heightened confidence to follow my creative instincts. My goal is to entice the viewer to take a second look, to find something interesting and unexpected, maybe a shred of meaning.
I have many art heroes. Those most influential to my current efforts are Picasso, Matisse, de Kooning, Hofmann, Kandinsky and the contemporary Spanish artist, Jose Merello. I think there is room to develop some creative real estate upon their shoulders.