Gayle B. Tate

"Trompe l'oeil is a French phrase meaning 'trick the eye'. Sometimes art provides the trick... changing the perception of pigments applied to a surface to a different reality. All of art is about perception, and my paintings are all about deceiving the eye to perceive another reality. The Victorians had a hazy, romanticized view of life. The early moderns embodied a revolution against traditions. American artists, despite roots from diverse backgrounds, have drawn together a view of art that is characterized by the same pioneering spirit it took to tame a rugged and uncharted land, raw and direct. From early in its history, America had no time for frivolity. She demands truth and integrity; and in the face of constant challenge, anything less is a waste of time. Any vision that is not born out of passion and sweat cannot last in such a land... tradition deposed and displaced by character . American painters have always depicted real places and real things in real terms. They have always worked with a vigorous energy that matches the splendor of the land. We have been given a responsibility as creative artists to offer a fresh viewpoint to an often drab and uninspired world. I, as any artist with such roots, am dedicated to developing a reflection of this character, founded in my uniquely American roots."

Gayle B. Tate
Love Your Country (Triple Flags)
Oil on Panel
11” x 14”