New Work // Untitled with Disruption

/September 2023

New abstract painting on canvas. Abstract with gloss and acrylic relief in yellow, white and fluorescent marbling

Presenting my latest work, Untitled with Disruption [Abstract with gloss and acrylic relief in yellow, white and fluorescent marbling]. 

100 x 100cm, artist’s acrylic and water-based household gloss paint on natural canvas.

As with the other recent pieces that I’ve been making, this painting continues the exploration of my ongoing body of work which started around 7 years ago.

In general my work is quite purely about process, materiality and more simple perception of abstract art, focusing on colour, composition and material, but in the last 3 years or so I have felt that my own personal interaction with the works, and the application of myself to them and how I feel when making them is becoming more apparent.

The last few paintings have been articulating expansion, clarity and calm, this particular piece explores some feelings of deliberate disruption. The blatant contrasts of surfaces, strong use of asymmetry and angled lines create energy and momentum are specifically pushing towards a strong feeling of positive disruptiveness in this particular painting.

This coincidentally mirrors aspects of my life, especially in this last year. It has been one of continued upheaval, adaptation and positive reinvention of myself. The personal aspect is a new strand of influence upon my work, although the core aspects of painting process and abstraction are still the foundations of it.

As with all creative processes, the painting contains elements of experimentation, risk-taking, conversation with the piece itself, and this results in changes and developments which bring it to a new space.

The process that led to the completion of this piece took itself through an experimental and therefore disruptive stage before turning some large directions to bring it to completion. If you were to peel back the layers and see what’s hidden under the surface you’d find a stage of the painting that happened which was entirely different, but which I felt the need to hide in favour of a final aesthetic. The experimentation has pushed me towards a yet-newer colour palette than the last sequences of paintings. This palette feels as though it’s shaking things up, which is something that I was looking for as I felt that my colours were becoming limited.

The colours that I have been using for the last 5+ years have become a strong part of the work I create. Observing those who look at my work I’m energised and filled with the positivity of those who are brought into my environment. I feel that the work has the potential to uplift its viewers and to make them feel a sense of positivity and happiness, partially through colour theory and immersion within environments.

The background of this work:

In this wider body of work, there is an amplification of the experience of colours, layers and planes of the painting surface into three-dimensionality, enhancing the vibrance, brilliance and clarity of colour.

The natural duck cotton gives an organic contrast with the syntheticity of the acrylic paint and it complements and enhances the tones, transparencies and opacities of the applied planes of colour.

The geometric forms and layers nod towards a three-dimensionality and future plans to widen my practice into ‘other’ dimensions.

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I retain an exhibiting body of work of my practice, to be able to share my work with more people. While not all of my works are for sale, I have made these new works available to buy through my website, and I accept commissions for work in this practice.

More about my current works in this decade

My close focus to the material of the paint and the canvas as being ‘as one’ continues to be a theme within these works, but adds in the additional aspects of light and the viewer, lifting the viewer bith physically and emotionally as they feel the ebergy of the work.

Through the exploration of the properties and abilities of paints to their most clear and luminescent ability, by using fluorescents, pastels and clean, pure colours, I aim to feel uplifted by the paintings and to share that energising impact of colour with the viewer. The paintings seem to glow and emit light bringing the colour to its highest light emission, in parts casting light out and off the canvas, bringing the focus on colour both into the painting plane itself yet also to its’ surroundings, and also showing the ability of paint with material (particularly in relation to pieces made from acrylic) to itself create light.

The ‘canvas’ both interacts with the paint as a layer itself, and provides the physical layer on which the paint can sit and perform to a great degree. By seeing surface textures through sheer veils of paint or heavy elevations in the paint application, we are reminded of the process of painting and the physicality.

By bringing the paint layers out from the ‘canvas’ we are able to experience two dimensions in a three dimensional way, in opposition to enclosing the three dimensions into a two dimensional illusion. We feel and we experience the energy that has been given by the artist to the piece through the process of painting which brings the painting into reality and this is reflected back at us.

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