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  • Genre:ART
  • SubGenre:Techniques / Painting
  • Language:English
  • Pages:135
  • eBook ISBN:9781617922084


by Tom Zatar Kay

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The pure flow of Zatar delicious bliss
"You are now my favorite modern writer. Serious genius every time". – Molly "I enjoyed viewing your paintings which are most compelling and provocative" - Ruthie Tucker Executive Director-Curator, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery "Zatar master of the universe" - Rozola “My god what a complex being you are” - New Age Matters "This is really inspirational and wonderful! You are now my favorite modern writer. Serious genius every time.zatar = brilliant I was going to say genius.. but brilliant seemed more in keeping. Incredible as always. Thanks. Victory to Zatar! Surely dancing to the great!" - Escorpionsita “You are elevating universal consciousness!” - Johnny O art "A text that is true and at the same time has lyrical and poetic traits. even though this statement might seem absurd and contradictory..." - Mancao “Being unusual has to be a plus in poetry. i like it nice poem.. i like your emotion.. it grabs your attention Wow this is really great, thanks for sharing it” - Janet V "Hi, Zatar Art and feeling are what I see in your writing. A small text, but, that, however, encloses very of your being. Since your personal, individual pain, until your collective, social, patriotic pain. Few written lines… But that much says of you and of what you think of the world. Since yours dog “killing” for its sister, in one accident that marked your soul (as much that for it, you initiate your thought)… You parade then the too much tragedies that permeates your life (or your conscience)…Hitler… 11 of September… all the assassins and all the black terror that inhabits for the Earth… Then… a toast with God, the Love and the Compassion…To contain the violence… sending love rays. of pure love! Your thought, my friend, empties in the hope and the love… "Reason of the evolution…" And you finish with art… with feeling of a true artist:"I can forgive myself for all my sins!"...Ah!... Now I say: "Ohm..."Congratulations, my friend .The pardon to that they don't know what they make, it's our differentiation in face of the imbeciles” - Um abraço,Lustato. "The Art of an enlightened fluorescent mind." - Alan, Translucent Gallery "In the 20 years I have known you this is (I AM A SURVIVOR ) one of the best things I have ever had the privilege of reading or hearing from you. I have always enjoyed your words and the way you flow. You can make your readers and listeners think and feel and just as easily toy with our emotions. This piece is a prime example of how positive you can be despite the world and the troubles that we all must face. Thank you for a fine piece of peace." - Hollywood "Thanks for being so cool Zatar. Your art, and poetry always inspire me. Your awesome!" - Dan “Boom! Zatar ignites the universe again with a star of creativity” - Tequila Mockingbird You are a poem … from… planet Zatar” - Kenny Peck "wow what a long sentence ,, can i breath now ,,, good stuff" - bretto "Gorgeous work!" - Artcee w "Your art is magnificent" - Susan Mohlpowers "WOW" Your paintings are remarkable, they leap into the eyes as dreams do sleepers' minds. you seem like a very vibrant, switched-on person. also really enjoyed yr (very psychedelic) (http://www.myspace.com/girlzofzaear) music. I left yr page feeling inspired, with a desire to experiment with my expression more often." - Karl “I have seen the future of art and Zatar is the Silver Surfer! Boom!” - Dusty Wright "Love the workx!!!!!! Full of chaos beauty!" - Justin Thyme "I love your work! Great color and lots of energy..." - Best,Jacki :) "Congratulations. Your art is truly wonderful. Best wishes Zatar is the new Jackson Pollack” - Gene Kiefer "Under black light it will explode!... This is Jackson Pollock gone wild." - Art Auctioneer Barry Cherwin - Past President of the New York City Auctioneers Association "Looking at all your wonderful art helps a lot. I hope you know that by sharing your art you lift people's spirits. Thanks!" - Cathy "The splatter, abstract expressionist paintings resonate with spontaneous form and resolve issues of structure and emotive content." - Angela Di Bello Director / Agora Gallery "I absolutely love your work it has inspired me to throw paint" - Thanks, your fan, Brian (UK) “This one just vibrates off the screen..”. - m2c “WOW! SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD JUMP INTO A PAINTING AND GET LOST, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES! ITS MESSY ASWELL, BUT WHO CARES ABOUT THAT! I CAN SEE SO MANY THINGS, BRILLIANT” - Vincent J Newman “Another piece of brilliant color, it bursts into life before your eyes” - Bill “I enjoy your art. Thanks for letting everyone check it out. This one is really awesome I must say. You inspire me more than you know. Keep up the great work. I love it!” - Big Bad Dan “Now that’s bloody insane yet so far away but the same mind. Love it man!” - Brian Chasteen "You are LOVED. YES, great words!!" - HAIR - Directed by Anthony D'Amato “Very beautiful use of color and texture I like this--there seems to be a lot of depth to this I like the monochromatic pieces as well with this one standing out” - DORIS “Just love it, so colorful, so fun. Can't stop dancing along with my eyes. Wow, this is so eerie!” - Janpen Thamma “I like this, it really pops out at you” - rita rita “Peaceful powerful subliminal mind control mellow tones, so intense .. so vibrant in such density” - chloey422 “It reminds my on my shroom trip.. It´s wonderful” - Arto-Gris “These colors are gorgeous!” - Sharon “Oh wow, seems you had a lot of fun doing this one ! =) this one is so full of joy ! awesome ! great one ! great colours ! well done ! keep up the good work !” - Marijke Magdalena “Muy bueno, felicitaciones!” - Diego Manuel “Ahhhhh, this pleases my eyes a great deal!” - Marque Terrynamahr Strickland “Oh. I love style. So colorful~~~” - Crazyfenfen “WOW!!!” - L.A. Powell “You do great work...I'm feeling' D'z one, Just thought I drive by and show some WEST COAST love Wessideeeee” - Carlos Dennis “Fantastic. I love all the bright vibrant colors. A feel good painting. I really like this painting. I love the colors you chose. Very pretty. NICE. I like this because it makes you want to go out and have Fun. Very cheerful. A great painting. I love all the colors. I like it. I like the white color peeking threw”. - Ketya Richardson “Rich and vivid, an eye catcher” - Bill “I love everything you do.. but this is my favorite” - Maran “One of my favorite. you're a great master of color” - Raffael Mirto “Awesome! Wow! I like this one! :) this is very beautiful! I love it! I love this one! :) -~Escorpionsita~ “Brings to mind the tranquility of an aquarium. something galactical about this makes me feel comforted and protected, like the inside of a mother's womb, if it were to be illuminated. A celebration! A circus of color on a flying trapeze reminds me of china stoneware reminds me of coral-magnified....... or a sea sponge”. - Stephennie “So rich and energetic! Yeeeeah!” - Glen Allen "Always lifting me from the muck! Always good to read your harmonic reminders!- And cool..." - molly “Two colors, thousand faces” - Mauro “This is wonderful, I love the blue colors in it” - Kirsten “Wow very unique... props... i love it...” - Eclat One “This bubble is happy to be sharing your space. Love the color”. - Eugenia “My favorite it's so pop I feel..”. - Bertrand M. “Grrreat Colors! gild the fight between warm n cool going on! it glows!!!!!!!!!!!!” - Chris Reynolds “Very cheerful!” - Jolie Buckingham “Love this work...especially the composition of colours! very emotionally” - Franziska “SUPER!!! SUPER!!!” - Mi-Mi moscow “Wow.. I think I like them all :) the colors are so vibrant. this is great, really. I see dept. And is like a Miro palette. there is no word for "poetry-made-by-colors", so you can say it and what is the difference between art and poetry anyway :)” - Enebeka "...poetic majestic & interesting painting... cool how you use the nopoint :))" - Art Genovee "Really love your work and the colors are just awesome" - Nick “Your art makes me feel happy. Thank you" - Corine "Your soul is a beautiful place to visit..." - bLaK badiYiZm...is M.I.A. "Your artworks are extraordinary beautiful". - TheSilverFactory. "There is so much to ponder here" - BABATUNDE LEA "Love your art. Considering using you as an influence in my major work" – eMmUmSaEwants "Wicked art!" - ԲσЯɛѵɛяҖҖɨwants "Colorful, funky work!! love it" - wendyvegas art (w c) "A wonderful stir of excitement" - Stephennie "I fu**ing love it!! is this your creation friend?? aaaaaaaaaaahahahahaa..is genius!!" - Stormi “Passion & Art & Splendor I love(d) your work... Impressionante o jogo de cores... Art and passion - Passion and splendor!” - Lustato Tenterrara. “Weird and impressive paintings:)" - fak " Zatar, I feel energy from your pictures" - Japan Artist "REALLY LIKE YOUR POWERFUL UNIQUE STYLE/VIBRANT COLORS" - Khloe “WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PAINTS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK” - ANDRE LAURENT "Lovely work - outstanding colors, very different" - Ingrid “I like your artworks too much, really TOO MUCH” - Nimesse's “Love your work and the colors and composition of your style” - Roger “haha.. Action Painting, that’s true I think I would see art like this in my mind... it’s funny. your colors!!! looking very powerful too, wicked” - wunschkind “You have created amazing works of art!” - Bill "Nice art. You are quite the creative artiste" - Stacy "j'aime beaucoup votre art,superbe de maturité!Valérie" - Valérie "You have some amazing works.. a joy to view!" - s.dAviS "I am impressed by the emotion and feeling your art portrays" - Corey Nichols "Congratulations on your fantastic paintings!" - Lady Vinylya "Wonderful - Hi I really do love your work. I find it marvelous. There is lots of energy .” - Tony Broiwn “Fellow artists united! Just wanted to let ya know that your art is energy inspired. Life's essence well captured. Congrats. It's an extreme pleasure” - Care X, Mia "I like the complexity in your paintings, especially in the ones with fewer colors, like the black and white series" - ciao, nat "Really nice artwork. I luv those colors and the composition!" - Monica "love your paintings!! great energy !!” - golok "Your paintings are exciting n liberating" - Mkanvinde "Amazing art, you truly have a gift..." - Alex "I like so much your universe!" - Bridget "I was really taken back. It was amazing to see that I was not alone in this world of painted energy and thoughts! I really dig your artwork. It seems like you have a lot going on, and that is wonderful. It blows my mind to no end..." - Kevin "Zatar love the Art Art Art piece " - Nick Nicely "I have no choice but to tell you of my utter amazement and ... alien fascinations... wowee! hats off to you" - Sunny Tum Tums "Funny experimental art!" - zEkay "Master of the colors!" - Kosi "Yes a big energy in your work..." - Gypsie " Happy - Now, I will return to your space and continue to enjoy your art before heading off to dreamland" - Marilyn OM... "I just discover your art, just minutes ago. I am amazed by it. It seems like poetry to me. After seeing your paintings online, I feel validated. Thank you for that feeling." - Lorna David "Great artwork! I love your work! Great color and lots of energy..." - Best, Jacki :) "You make really cool art!" -Jules "UR artwork is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo BRILLIANT!!!...LoVe,PeAcE & HuGs...x..." - laine "I really dig your abstractions... PeaCE",- Sean “WONDERFUL WORK! CREATE WITH ABANDON AND PASSION RIGHT? EXCELLENT!” - Kathy "Hey Zatar! very very interesting works! "wow this is so neato! if you look close enough you can see the souls" "love the colors! so vivid" - Claudine's Gallery's “Just vibrates off the screen... peace” - m2c" “Hey Zatar I love your work. Keep me update for whenever you have a show or some special event” - CHATISMO MB “I really like your work. It's emotional, deep and intense”. - MB “Your colors are so expressive, so magical, i like yours paintings” - fauve 21 “Hi Zatar, your paintings looks so fantastic. Very intensive and expressive! And I like the colors you have used!!! - greetings from Germany” - Rainer “BEAUTIFUL coloured and detailed world you live in..great!!” - A. GIULIO, Baistrocchi “Great paintings! I dig the colorful day-glo splatter action...very cool!!” - Astrid “Your paintings are beautiful and full of life energy” - Jeff “It's all LOVE and it's a wonderful thing. Thanks for being open to the mystic”. - Mary “You make a very explosive art. Keep it up!” - Jax “Love the energy in your work!” - bill “FANTASTIC WORK FULL OF PASSION - CREATE TO BREATHE” - Aloha from Hawaii Kathy “Gorgeous colors in your gallery - really clear and vibrant! :-)” - Steve Shore “Dig the work...very Pollock.... if I may say so...” - Jorge Emmanuel “Happy painter like me?” - Mr Pras “There is a lot of inspiration and power” - Bernd “Very interesting work Me Like” - Gladys “Your work is beautiful! I like your paintings... you're so strange!!!” - Kiss from Italy. Marinella MaHs “Outstanding work my friend....very Jackson Pollack.” - Caleb Morgan “I really dig your abstractions...” - Sean "Your work is beautiful"- Roddy Scheer "This is fabulous!" - Lee Wind "The paintings are beautiful!!! I gazed at them for a long time." - Cate Woodruff "These are very interesting. Very Pollock."- Kirsten, MD. "They're very happy. We need happy." - Cathy Britell, MD. "Thank you for your colored universe!" -Escorpionsita~ "Wow! Awesome artwork! I love them all!" - Terry :) "Zatar- thanks for your beacon of positivity!" - Stephennie "Spread the positive energy" - sanja "hey, I like your art work, life is color" - liebe grüße from germany, halina:) josabel 451 "A beautiful works full of life" - Tropical salutation from mayotte island.JOSABEL 451 "I am enjoying touring your gallery and find your use of color and texture to be quite exciting and beautiful" - DORIS Logan "Dude your work is incredible!" - Meru Matu "We are all one:-) No separate from myself is you:-)" - The Michelle Experience® "Hi Zatar, Nice to meet you and to discover your beautiful and inspiring work" - Jean Louis "Your work is striking and uplifting" - jahlinx "you have a lot of fun stuff going on, i like it all! WEEEEEE!:)" - EVOLVING" "Saying hello to a magical artist, Your artwork is very beautiful!" - Gunilla "Interesting...and beautiful...:)" - Escorpionsita "LOVE your space poetry" - Angela “Great food 4 the soul! omsweetommmmmmmmmmm!! - Nina Hagan "The words just flow together with no interruption in thought as though in a state of meditation no discrimination among what is acknowledged by the consciousness....i love it!" - Stephennie "I find your use of color and texture to be quite exciting and beautiful----" -DORIS "I am drawn to your art work because I can feel it and it speaks to me! ;) Your canvas definitely resonates sound! Boom! Zatar ignites the universe again with a star of creativity. - Tom F "Zatar. . . . your art make me feel happy. Thank you" -Corine "IT is amazing your flow ! amazing , as always, it is your feather flow such a flow, love it! universe surfing ... ; first - rate Zatar" - Art Genovee "Wow that is the coolest deepest thing I’ve read of poetry for some time,,very intense and very clever with that stream of consciousness flow. The way it reads is also very song like, do you play music? I ask as i can hear this being in a song" - Susan Rodio ART "What do you hear my thoughts? LOL!!" - GNOSTIC_8 on
About the author
Tom Zatar Kay is an unbelievably energetic and enthusiastic man and also extremely friendly, outgoing and one of the nicest people you'll meet. Besides being an artist, Kay is also a DJ, a licensed real estate broker, a published poet and a scientific inventor in the field of solar energy who holds three U.S. patents. Kay was born in Great Neck, Long Island. At a very young age Kay developed a love of two things: art and science, specifically "everything solar," an interest that was inspired by an edition of Popular Science magazine, given to him at age 5 by his grandmother, which was devoted to solar energy. At age 16, Kay founded his first company, TK Solar Distributors. At 21, while enrolled at Hofstra New College, Kay was hired by Exxon Enterprise as a solar energy consultant, wrote a ground breaking report on solar technology, and was dubbed the "Solar Whiz Kid" by Smart Money magazine. The solar years While Kay was making a name for himself as a young prodigy in the fledgling field of solar energy he continued to study art at Hofstra New College. The one drip painting that Kay made during his college years was a single experimental departure from the type of art that he was doing during that time. A typical college project, Kay said, was the coffin that he obtained from a morgue, painted black and then installed, upright, on the college campus. He also made giant statues of various parts of the human anatomy. In the midst of all this, Kay's experiment with drip painting fascinated him- but, Kay admits, "I was afraid of it." Kay's fear of moving into the unconventional realm of abstract expressionism stayed with him after he dropped out of college to work fulltime for Exxon Enterprise. For more than 25 years afterwards, while continuing his work with solar energy, Kay made American folk art instead of delving into action painting, producing, (and these are his examples), a painting that depicted E.T. and an Elephant; another of a man, with the earth's globe for a head, protecting a nearby woman by fighting off a shark, and a painting of a chicken that is gored by a knife and fork- a vegetarian statement, Kay said. "In a way my art is poetry," Kay said of his current work, sitting on a chair in the front room of the Silent Space Gallery, surrounded by his many vivid and multifaceted throw paintings. "You have to be who are, and this is what I am." Kay's complex and vibrant personality does indeed match his new style. After 30 years and many stylistic transformations as a professional artist, said Kay, "I'm coming into my own in my fifties. I have all the stuff I was struggling for- a job, a family. I have more freedom to let art take control." Good grief If it weren't for his father's death in 2004, Kay might never have begun to make throw paintings. Kay's father broke his neck in an accident and eventually died after what Kay said was a long and difficult period of suffering. One night during a fierce blizzard shortly after his father passed away, Kay, walked out to the garage, where he found some day-glo paint. In tune with the powerful, whirling force of nature outside, said Kay, "I just started throwing paint." The result was a small painting covered in streaks and splotches of yellow, pink and black fluorescent paint. It was the first Pollockesque abstract expressionist painting he had made since his first attempt in college, almost three decades earlier. Since then Kay has stopped making other kinds of art and has focused exclusively on what he calls action, or throw painting. The "Following Pollock" exhibition represents Kay's past two years of work and has 61 pieces, 39 of them original paintings and the rest prints. The gallery's three rooms are filled with Kay's works. The back room, which is the largest, displays paintings that all glow under a set of black lights. One of the unusual qualities of Kay's paintings, due to the use of day-glo fluorescent paint, is their ability to transform; they can be displayed under natural white light or under black light. Their only nemesis is the sun, which neutralizes the paint's fluorescence. After exposure to sunlight, Kay's paintings lose their unique ability to glow in the dark. For that reason, the gallery's plate glass, shopping-size windows that look out onto Broadway are covered by heavy black curtains. A person visiting the exhibition, therefore, upon passing through the black curtains and into the brightly lit and colorful front room, knows nothing about the show save its name. Back to the future "The exhibition's name, 'Following Pollock,' is so that people understand the art," said Kay. "It's a reference point." Though on the surface Kay's art has striking similarities to Pollock's, there are important, defining differences. "Pollock dripped. I throw." This is how Kay describes the principle difference between him and the man he calls the "godfather of abstract expressionism." For Kay, this difference is symbolic of a cultural shift that has occurred in the second half of the 20th century. "Dripping is more controllable because it's slower, it's gentle, it’s so 1950's. It's a slow car," Kay explained. "We're in the new millennium. I'm different. I reflect the society that we're in today." "My gut feeling is that Pollock was a tortured artist, and his art reflects his contempt and his ruin in the same breath." Kay said. "I can relate to that but I don't want to be a tortured artist- I want to be the future, I want to be day-glo." Throughout his entire career Kay has only painted with day-glo fluorescent paint- a medium that did not exist in Pollock's day- but in the context of his throw painting the medium seems to take on even greater importance. If Pollock represents the past then Kay sees his day-glo as the embodiment of the future. In a video that was made of Kay throw painting, he does seem to personify the vision of a wacky, eclectic, super-fast-paced 21st century Pollock: wearing a bright pink hat, jeans, and a cut-off tie-dye shirt, music from George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars playing loudly in the background, Kay dips a shish kebab skewer into a tube of his day-glo paint and with lightening quick, continual whips of his arm throws streak after streak of paint onto the canvas. The canvas he paints on in the video is not tacked to the floor, but suspended from the ceiling, at about waist level. As Kay throws paint on it, he keeps it in a perpetual spinning motion. This represents another deviance from what Kay calls Pollock's "flat throw" style of dripping paint over a canvas that lies flat on the floor. When paint is applied to a spinning, rather than a stationary canvas, Kay said, a completely new and different effect is created. The video does offers an interesting glimpse of the throw painting process itself, which is almost as important as the end product it produces. It is hard to determine, when you look at a finished piece, how many of the lines and dots of color are random and how many premeditated. Even Kay isn't quite sure. He said that about 20 percent of the paint strokes on any given painting are precisely where he wants them to be, that is, put exactly in their place with skill and purpose. The rest of the paint, he admitted, falls onto the canvas on a sort of semi-controlled, subconscious whim, what Kay calls a "psychic method." Due to the style's dependence on a certain element of randomness, the following and obvious question arises, one that has haunted Pollock's genius and one that inevitably comes to mind with Kay's work: can anybody do it? This is Kay's answer: If anybody could do it, "why haven't many people done it? Because if they could, they would." Besides, the concept of throw painting "is going up against the conventional notion of what art is," and as Kay knows from experience, this can be a very daunting if not downright frightening proposition. This isn't to say that you shouldn't try, said Kay- in fact, he encourages people to. "I would love to see everybody throwing paint," Kay said. But in order to be successful at it, according to Kay, a person needs to have two crucial talents: creative freedom, and artistic skill. Luckily for Kay, he possesses both in abundance. "I'm aware of what I'm doing as I'm doing it," said Kay. "It's not haphazard craziness, there's a purpose to it." Kay said that during his month long exhibition, which ends this weekend, several people told him that they loved his work and that it would be great in a museum, but that it is too much for the home. "It's a lot for people to take, it's very bright and action filled. It's threatening to people to think about how throw painting was created and the action behind it," said Kay. "It still scares me," he said, and then smiles. "But I can throw paint all day."