Location: Taos, New Mexico
Interview date: September 27, 2015 & July 23, 2016
With a growing list of dedicated collectors, Randall LaGro plumbs the depths of his own intuition to create canvases of remarkable intimacy – no matter their size. You want to look, and look again, at a LaGro painting as your eye finds veiled images beneath layers of paint; human and animal forms may appear or recede before abstract elements of interwoven texture. The slightest detail observed can change your interpretation of these subtly complex, often mysterious paintings.
For LaGro the first strokes or washes of paint contain the key to what will follow: A genesis of un-sketched detail emerges from the color to inform the direction of a painting. From here the seed of a concept grows until elements of the artist's experience and technique are called upon to bring a canvas to fruition.LaGro prefers washes and fast, expressionistic strokes, occasionally working sand or mica into the paint, often impressing patterns into wet paint with lace or linen, or "drawing" on the canvas with one of his myriad tools.
Another showcase for LaGro's insight and craftsmanship are the monotypes he produces – images painted onto a plate of glass and transferred with great skill onto a single sheet of paper. Remarkably detailed, they are produced while working fast and completely intuitively.
In all of LaGro's work there is a metaphorical interplay of conscious and unconscious levels of reality. "I'm striving to address the everyday guy as well as painters, poets and philosophers," LaGro says. In this he succeeds. His expressions of rawness and heart create an elusiveness into which each viewer has to bring his own experience.