Painting onto acrylic sheet
This painting has evolved into a real celebration of colour and form. There is a beautiful and powerful contrast between both sides of the painting – as a result of applying paint to both sides of the polycarbonate (acrylic) sheet. You can pick up this by looking at the square accent drip segments in the picture underneath which I have overlapped in certain places to help spread the colours around and promote a sense of unity and completeness between them rather than isolate their incredible richness.
Bold stroke work, clever blending of colour and striking marbling effects all converge to produce a truly stunning and unique piece of art. The use of unpainted lines has helped create individual areas of colour whilst still allowing the painting room to breath. I have photographed this artwork in a number of ways – rotated, back to front and upside down and no matter how you choose to hang it it always looks incredible.
The level of detail is very high and even in such a simple use of colour there are a myriad of subtle tones and hues to be found. It is very Pollock-esque in its most basic of compositional forms.
‘Forwards’ is, for me, just that – a painting that has made me sit and question how I take my technique to another level, how to make something complex and random look organized and controlled whilst still making a statement of my own, something that is vital as an artist. It would have been easy to paint four slabs of colour with a paintbrush but then why is anything worth doing easy? Sometimes the journey we take is as important as what we find at the end of it.
Two paintings in one
Interestingly some of the pictures show the painting flipped over to reveal the more heavily painted side – same colours and shapes but a world of difference in textures. That’s the beauty of the acrylic pieces I paint – you have a number of different paintings in one.
Mounted on chromium spacers (supplied) this piece sits away from the surface of the wall allowing light to pass through the gaps in the paint – always changing, always moving, thanks to the relative changes in the movement of natural light.
This particular piece measures 1000mm x 1000mm x 10mm. It was painted in four shades of industrial gloss enamel paint using a controlled pouring method I have perfected.
Each of the paints was thinned to achieve a characteristically dense but even flowing consistency. The application methods have resulted in a fluid and liquid finish to the piece, offering a glossy and reflective surface on which to look upon. It’s heavy too – which makes this piece feel substantial.