Lester Berman
Artist's Statement

“SPONTANEITY, that is the key –
to free oneself from oneself–to be inside the canvas struggling to come into existence, struggling to get out– to be born–not to impose a theory or preconceived idea of what a painting should be or how it should be composed –spontaneous gestures. It is essential for me to lose my mind in order to paint –I must be free of thinking–thinking moves me outside the painting–when I am creating I am inside the canvas trying to get out–painting is active– spontaneous–immediate. When I am painting I am a servant in the service of my unconscious. The minute I think, I am outside looking in–spontaneity is gone. Primitive, childlike, direct, magical, intense, rhythmic and intuitive–that is what it means for me to be free.