Perhaps its because my father is an Industrial Chemist but I am interested in the alchemy of painting. My process is about creating beautiful s… Read More
Perhaps its because my father is an Industrial Chemist but I am interested in the alchemy of painting. My process is about creating beautiful surfaces and then damaging them to reveal layers underneath. I am looking for marks that can’t be made using paint brush and traditional methods.
I am painting a series at the moment that will be exhibited at Brunswick Street Gallery from the 15th of February to the 2nd March so I thought I would write about the process and the thinking behind it as much for my own sake as anything.
The process involves dissolving pigments in various solutions and mediums. I then pour the viscous mix onto a prepared structure and allow/encourage it to spill and run together. Because the pigments have different specific gravities they drop out of solution at different rates. In addition, depending on the mix of chemicals I use as mediums, they dry at different rates allowing or impeding the merging of colours. The process is further impacted by the ambient temperature, the level of humidity and my own level of stupidity or genius which fluctuates wildly.
I have a high level of failure as you would imagine. I don’t have as much control over the paint as I would if I was using traditional methods so I spend a lot of time stretching and restretching canvases. Read Less