Michael Hafftka on the ImageBlog

“King Everything” 83 in. X 72 in. acrylic on canvas 2012
“Hafftka’s inspired paint manipulation, his volatile surfaces, and virtuoso control of abstract design and monumental scale, reminiscent at times of both Twombly and Diebenkorn, create a sense of liberating dematerialization, and new energies removed from any aspects of the physical world. Yet, with a certain perverse delight in contradiction, he, indeed, remains a probing realist clearly in love with the concrete data of existence and with the material means of painting as such.”
—Sam Hunter, Princeton University, Michael Hafftka’s New Paintings,1987