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Yale Factor is one artist who tests our perceptions of reality and illusion.  His most recent work, the narrative still-life paintings, synthesize his earlier work and progress to a new level. These paintings are autobiographical; they utilize objects with personal meaning to the artist. A sense of "place" seems to infiltrate each canvas and sets the stage for a highly subjective drama.   Maps and charts of places where the artist had lived or visited emerge as personal landscapes to provide a backdrop.  The quest for illusion, however, adopts a slightly new twist in these paintings.  Before us are collections of objects rendered in trompe l'oeil, representations creating a three-dimensional illusion.  At second glance, perhaps from a corner of our eye, these objects suggest activity.  They hover, they pierce, they congregate, they hide, they explode.  What begins as re-creation of reality transforms into surreality.
In the landscape paintings, Factor brings into a clear focus natural detail which is all too often only vaguely sensed.  Each universe created on canvas or paper is a juxtapositon of traditional Renaissance coloring against modern, almost scientific rendering.  Working together they establish a distinctly personal view.  The chiaroscuro technique was borrowed from the old masters, while the colored shadows evoke a general impression of softness and warmth which underscores the essential drama.
Born and raised in Chicago, Yale Factor infuses his paintings with a Midwestern sensibility.  His work has been shown in regional, national and international juried exhibitions, as well as in one-person exhibitions in museums across the nation. Factor is a Professor Emeritus of Art at Northern Illinois University.  Prior to taking the teaching position at NIU Yale Factor was a scientific illustrator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
The Yale Factor Art Gallery - Chicago is now open located at 1029 W. 35th St.   Zhou B Art Center

"Three Falls" watercolor on 140lb. Arches paper 32"x40"

To view additional paintings, please google Yale Factor and a number of sites will be available. You can also find a porfolio of recent painting at Face Book.   Many of these paintings are also offered as Giclees prints on 100% museum quality paper.  Email yalefactor@gmail.com with any questions and for pricing information.

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"Ruminations of a Curious Mind" oils on canvas 2'x3'

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