RJ Haas’ interest in
art started in 1963 where he studied Renaissance Art and church art with
John Squillace of Woodbury, New Jersey. In
addition, he studied with Dr. Ross Beitzel in
preparation for college.
During RJ’s college years he studied art history at Pfeiffer College, North
Carolina with James Haymaker, with an emphasis on Impressionist artists.
From 1972 to 1980, RJ concentrated on his field study artwork, producing
scenic impressionist paintings. From 1980 to 1992, RJ was an active member
of the Gloucester County Art League.
Currently, RJ Haas is a
active member of various art organizations. Church Street Art and Craft
Gallery in Mount Holly, Burlington County Art Guild; Philadelphia Sketch
Club, and Willingboro Art Alliance.
by RJ Haas
de l'inconnue series:
This show consists of adventurous social commentary on the
tidal wave of urban flooding into the farmlands of South Jersey. I am a
rural person but, as an Artist who needs and wants city life to promote my
art, there arises hidden personal conflicts into this body of work. These
works are not surreal in nature, rather they are separate realities,
formulated to show and illustrate my opinions, thoughts, and questions on
the impact of this tidal wave and the gridlock that is to follow.
Each painting has common elements contained in the De l? inconnue series. These
a.The view of the encroaching city
b.The pigeons, that are harbingers of city life,
with all the congestion
c.The title of each piece is the viewer?s beginning point into that world
Plants of the Pinelands:
With this series, I have had a chance to renew my second
favorite passion – Botany and the wonderful world of PLANTS.
I was fortunate enough to obtain a part-time job with environmental
educators who are affiliated with P-I-N-E-S (Pinelands Institute for
Natural and Environmental Studies). This program is sponsored through
Burlington County College. The actual studies occur at Whitesbog,
New Jersey. What a great way to spend my senior years by working with these
environmentalists and teaching Kindergarten through 12th grade students on
the wonders and histories of the Pine Barrens.
With my interest renewed and being somewhat rusty on plant identification,
I wanted to review and update my knowledge of the native plants of the
Pinelands. What would be a better way, then to create my own Herbarium?
However, this time it would be artistic renderings and expressions and not
dry plants. Through the years, I have admired many botanical studies such
as the Audubon Series and the Tiffany series, yet I wanted to enhance the
coloration of each specimen that I selected to reflect colors more in tune
with the Modern Color Theory.
A several years ago, I had a chance to study in great detail at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art. I am, and was, captivated by the 14th and 15th
Century Dutch Masters who projected their hard edges and vibrant colors to
create their works of art. This is the method I would use to bring these
plants alive for the viewer by simulating the Dutch Masters and the way
Johannes Itten used vibrant colors.