Once a definitive study of the subject matter is made, I use intuition as a guide for assembling the painting. In the work itself, the images are arranged together into a powerful subliminal statement, which evoke an emotional recollection, captured permanently in time and space. I control the color, tone, and depth of the paintings, depending on the overall concept. I may apply one layer or ten, in order to achieve balance between the intensity and the opacity of the subject matter. My basic intent is to lead the viewer into a time-space quantum by controlling what is seen first through the use of scale, perspective, and differing factions of imagery. Therefore, I use cultural signifiers to inspire viewer recognition and the tools of scale and vast distance to imply a narrative. My main purpose is to provide discourse through use of different pictorial vocabularies that will trigger the subconscious in varying responses related to the 'collective consciousness,' which reveal the complexities of man and his relationship to life and society.
Gary Van Haas was born in Los Angeles and has always been an artist since he was in his early teens where he won an award for best painting in high school competition. From there he moved to San Francisco where he had several acclaimed shows and exhibitions in galleries and eventually landed himself the coveted position of Featured Artist in Sausalito at the Hale/VanHaas Gallery, which catapulted him forward to several
other shows in Europe and Asia.