Waves upon waves
Helter Skelter is a bold and brightly coloured new abstract painting full of stunning details and featuring a very unusual application technique. A quick glance at those waves of paint will tell you that this is unlike anything I have done before and that’s down to the metre long rubber squeegee I used to paint it.
I didn’t use it across the whole of the painting though – instead I chose to be selective in where I used it and then reverting back to other methods as the session progressed. But I think you’ll agree that the effects are astonishing and feel as if the canvas is somehow rippled. It’s a wonderfully engaging illusion that adds to the already mesmerizing nature of the piece.
What a name!
As the name suggests it’s just like riding down a Helter Skelter that we knew as kids. Colour everywhere, round and round and round goes the world in a blur of giddy delight until you reach the bottom where you have a moment to catch your breath before racing back up to do it all over again! Now you can see why the name fits so well!
The wave-like nature of the paint only tells a fraction of the story though. Spend a little more time with it and you reveal tiny worlds within worlds. Cells appear and disappear. More waves rise up and down again in very subtle ways; this is a theme that carries on all the way across the canvas.
I talk about detailing a lot in my work but in this instance I don’t think I can over-emphasize that fact. it really is breathtaking and you need to get your nose right in to fully appreciate how much is packed into every square inch of the canvas.