In his current room-with-a-view paintings, Fountain challenges the notion that there is a dichotomy between abstraction and depiction. Looking back toward the aesthetic advancements of the abstract painters of the mid 20th century, Fountain adapts their formalist gains toward his depictive ends. Believing that neither representational painting is “realistic,” nor that abstraction is “unrealistic,” Fountain assumes, rather, that both are simply true to life. Abstract and figurative art both allude to human experience and are also, in themselves, new human experiences in their own right.
Fountain grew up in Moscow, Idaho, and lived in Portland for 10 years before moving to Texas, where he currently teaches at Baylor University. Fountain spends his summers in Idaho where he maintains a hilltop studio in the Palouse region accessible only by foot. His current room-with-a-view suite (titled "Idaho/Oregon") is a remembered-composite of his two Northwest homes: a memorable Portland kitchen synthesized with a view of his many memories of the light, color and landscape of Idaho.
Fountain’s current "Idaho/Oregon" suite is scheduled for exhibition at the Froelick Gallery (Portland, OR), June 2017. Following this exhibit, Fountain will spend 2 months as artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, which houses many of Albers’ “Homage to the Square” works. There he will continue his explorations of abstraction, depiction, and color.