How to get a conversation started
My focus group tell me that standing in front of this painting would be a good start. Opinions are split, reactions are extreme and debate has been lively to say the least. That’s great news for me.
It means I’ve done something that creates a reaction and hasn’t just become a box ticking exercise or a sell-out to what’s perceived as fashionable or on-trend. Jackhammer is powerful and consuming.
Choosing the background colours
The combination of blue, turquoise and aqua is a classic one (certainly in my methodology anyway). The base layer is a joyous combination of these colours fused together with the tiniest hint of metallic silver.
But don’t think that it’s disconnected from what goes on in front of it though; look closely and there’s black woven into the blue, especially round the edges. The whole painting is woven in to itself even though it may look like it’s made from two separate layers.
The whole painting is textured with paint and it looks sensational as you move around it – the light interaction qualities of it have been a real surprise.
The most noticeable addition here is the outer frame – not something I normally add to my paintings. The reason this is included is because I decided to mount the canvas to a solid piece of plywood (15mm marine ply to be exact). I wanted to try a different mounting medium to see what would happen.
And it looks amazing to be honest – especially with the hand-made outer frame that features a matt black channel on the inside and a brushed silver finish on the outside.
It’s heavy though – very! Around 50kgs heavy I reckon. Fortunately it comes with some pretty hardcore mounting brackets. It will sit away from the wall by about 40mm when hung and ideally needs to be on a solid wall. But if you’re the lucky one who buys this then don’t worry about all that – Adey will take care of the hanging for you.
Living with the painting
You’ll need a fairly big open space for this to work – not because of it’s size necessarily (although it is quite big) but because it needs room to breathe. Paintings as intense as this require some ‘retreat distance’ otherwise it can become oppressive and foreboding. A large space helps dilute its impact and let you experience it on your own terms.
But with a little thought it’s going to be the most amazing addition to an entrance hallway, kitchen, open plan living area or gallery landing. The elemental shapes and forms literally burst out in a torrent of swirling energy.
This is one of those paintings you definitely can’t ignore.
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