Doing new things
I always like to break new ground and with this round canvas painting I have done just that.
There are so many things I can say about the materials, concept, creation and end result that to do so would entail a long and tedious narrative, so I will be as concise as possible.
You may want to know that I used two metallic blues, metal flake gold, aquamarine, black, dark grape, white, cream, pink and tele-magenta.
This 1500mm diameter painting was created by the same guy that does the round canvases for Damien Hirst so the quality is impeccable and a it’s work of art in itself.
Made from 28mm thick MDF it is mounted on a custom made rotating bracket in the centre so that you can turn it round in either direction with just a touch – in effect you can do this forever so that you’ll always have a different perspective to look at the painting.
I’ve played with this for a while and it’s very cool – hard to not turn it as you walk past… brilliant!
How I made this
Then there’s the actual painting. I’m not sure if it’s the colours or the shapes that get you first but suffice to say I used a new technique using a custom-designed horizontal centrifuge for the early stages.
To this I added paints along the shapes I created so that I could form the twists and turns whilst keeping the outline. This process leaves a feint application of paint as most of it is removed through physics and gravity. What’s left is the basis for painting afterwards.
To this I added 11 colours of paint from a complementary palette and 9 different chemicals during four sessions; this is how thin layers of paints are built up and blended to create the stunning effects you see in the close up photos.
No secrets really, just an attention to detail bordering on obsessive – something you’ll see when you come to the gallery to view it.
What you get with all that effort is an almost universal gasp of ‘wow’ (as the few that have seen it have exclaimed). As an artist I can get no better approval than that. Job done.