Jack Balas, 2021;
Finally, after 50 YEARS
of PAINTING and even more of GENERAL LIVING! I have made you,
yesterday, this SELF-PORTRAIT. And I KNOW you won't LAUGH, even
my CRITICS and nay-sayers, because I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW that
artists since time began, even those with SOCIAL or POLITICAL
AGENDAS (YES, MOI) have sought to bring you, DEAR VIEWERS, not
only (in this case) paintings-IMAGES ! - (SHOCKING !) of how
things ARE or APPEAR, but also THINGS AS THEY CAN BE the whole
thing about creating one's REALITY and bringing you an artistic
VISION, a way of SEEING, even a way of BEING.
And as for you, dear reader, I patiently await the day when, long-time friend or just recently enlightened, you walk up to me and whisper into my ear those three cherished little words: SIGN ME UP.