MOUNTAINS PAINTED FROM OTHER PAINTINGS OF MOUNTAINS | Aug 2012

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‘Mountains painted from other paintings of mountains’ is a series of paintings which reflect on how one painted surface to another might interpret an image or surface differently.  I’ve been interested in looking at landscapes specifically as these mountain ranges encompass such a huge amount of space and in which case, due to the impossibility of rendering every detail, entail a certain amount of editing in terms
of deciding what to include to create the best or the most interesting
depiction.  At this point, focus has also become an interested, what is
in or out of focus and what kind of mark making will allow for those
observations to be communicated.’

This
body of work was partly inspired having seen the Gerhard Richter
retrospective at Tate Modern and on finding a few paintings which had
visible brush marks, they hadn’t been subject to Richter’s signature
‘blur’ technique which would usually wipe out brush marks and instead
leave a smooth and seemingly photographic surface.  The first piece in
the this series is a study of one of these paintings, a mountain range,
in contrast I found an honesty in sharing the process of making a
painting, in the looking and capturing, it has reaffirmed my
appreciation for observation and for descriptive paintings.
This in an ongoing project and area of work.’

Mountains Less Focus is the palette used to paint the Richter mountain painting.  In terms of
describing this piece does so from a distance as an abstraction,
consisting only of the none conscious and throw away mark making.  This
piece in part was the beginning to more recent work which focuses on
paint as a material, rather than on the content, through a variety of
processes which put distance between the myself and the imagery I’m
working from.

Jump was painted from a found wildlife photograph. I like the angle of the frame and shape of the sea in the bottom left hand corner but mostly that the penguin can propel itself from out of the water like that… it’s the shadow cast on the ice below that I was most interested in depicting.

 

 

 

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