Two medium-sized, moody artworks painted in the drip style
Darker Than Life is a venture into the more macabre side of things; the huge black shapes send out a significant gravity and command.
Two paintings, one attitude. Definitely one for the individualists.
I think it takes balls to not only paint something like this but also to hang it on your wall. By its very nature this complicated and broody painting is a little inaccessible and difficult to get a handle on; partly because it has no focal point and partly because of the sense of foreboding you get when you stand next to it.
However, this is why it works so well. If everything in life was easy there would be no need to jump higher, run faster or travel further. If you can’t explore limits then how can you ever find them? In sunlight it is epic, no other word will do. It’s a fabulous contradiction of light and dark.
Darker Than Life is a classic example of balancing on that ragged edge. What may look like an apparent randomness and lack of cohesion is actually a carefully planned out structure of lines, intersections and depth.
The paints are very dense, the light reflection is surprising – even for such a dark painting- and the overall finish is extraordinary (something I cannot convey in a photograph). I am a very planned and precise artist and I rarely leave anything to chance. From the mixes of each paint in each session to the angles at which I paint; everything is considered and organised.
You’re going to need a nice white space to hang these on, or a red wall, or a grey one for that matter. They are both room stealers so best not put them anywhere where they will fight with complex shapes or colours.
Sometimes you don’t need bright colours to show off your individuality; sometimes all you need is a little confidence and the ability to say yes once in a while. We’re a long time dead.