Jordan Belson, last of the great masters – by William Moritz
(An article from Animation Journal, Spring 1999)
The article describes Jordan Belson’s first steps in animation, his inspirations, ideas, and experiments. It mentions other artists who were amazed by Belson’s art and who seen great potential in this independent, determined young animator (one of them was Oskar Fischinger). There are a lot of explanations of Belson’s films (his own statements) but also description of understanding artist’s work by other people from the industry.
As there isn’t many written prove about Jordan Belson’s work and inspiration, I’ve chosen to review the journal, which links his animation with music and painting and calls it spiritual visualisations. Belson is perfect example for the essey question as he was independent, creative artist who has done Fine Arts B.A and was interested in creating new type of animation, which involved mysterious shapes and colours, and focused on static geometric forms for his main subject of experiments. He created lots of cosmic, melting transitions, inspired by his interest in meditation and eastern cultures. Lots of his works were titled in that spiritual way (e.g. Raga, Samandhi, Chakra, and Meditation).
From the explanations stated in the journal, it’s easy to assume that artist was interested in earth, humans and energy (as even some titles suggest). It is, however very difficult to find actual animations of Jordan Belson. There are few images of his work shown in the article, some storyboards and photographs which indicate specifically on his passion. There is also his filmography included what proves of his on-going work on different projects since his first film in 1947, up until present day.