Nathan Oliveira

"The gesture must be correct. If the gesture is correct, your mind really creates the reality of the figure, and it is not necessary to hang on all the rest (of the details)...(The background is) "very supportive of the figure in a portrait. The background creates the idenity of the figures...The quality of paint handling dramatizes this moment: the living object calls for a raised mass of paint laid on with a powerful gesture...The object simply announces itself alive by this means."

"I had the desire to paint the figure without actually painting the figure. The figure is a presence, a part of the ambience of the painting, without feature, a column of activity that spoke of the figure without clearly defining it."

"I am a traditionalist. Even in the early days I tried to bend Abstract Expressionism to the figure. I am not the avant-garde. I am the artist who comes after the advancing guard. I am more concerned with continuity of ideas and tradition than in inventing a unique imagery. I can reprocess all my experiences, create my own world, be faithful to the materials I use - and then let them speak about themselves."

" Figures must have their own light. It wasn't light that struck the figure in a certain way - the light, the luminosity of white, was in the figure. It emanated from the paint itself."