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International Stuckist Invitational at Watkins Glen Paperback – August 31, 2017
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Ron Throop a determined man. Unlike Henry Miller who arrived in Paris at the age of forty suspecting that he was an artist but needing six months of stimulation-by-poverty to prove it, he has known all of his adult life that he is another one in a long line, both ignored and distinguished, to have the (mis)fortune of that mysterious element “X” inside him. He is fifty years old, a dutiful husband, father, new granddad, and dedicated practitioner of painting and self-liberation writing. Throop lives in a cedar shake cottage along the shore of Lake Ontario. All days he wakes up with a charged exuberance and hope that begins to wane with the rising sun. By mid-afternoon he accepts financial failure as a routine expectation of this modern day art business. This is good. It keeps him upright through supper and doing the dishes. At dusk, after a long day of wonder and work in the studio, he takes dreamy walks with his wife down to the lake. He is so lucky to have life and love even if career success is a crapshoot each year he comes closer to the big sleep. Oh well. He paints. He writes. There is always posterity to think about. Then night and gentle sleep and another day of sublime torture. Recently he has become an internationally known painter, showing work in Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia, and Liverpool and London England. Throop is a practitioner of the modern art movement called Stuckism, to which the existence of this book should attest. His paintings are colorful, lively, of the moment, and affordable. He could even make them more affordable if you like him. He cannot get enough of paint. He is the art crazy old man at late mid-life.
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