The ability for artists to see and develop ideas is imperative – beyond the usual and everyday. Creativity isn’t for the faint hearted.
In abstract works, people often like to “see” something represented. “It looks like a…” or “I can see a ….there in the painting”. While looking and thinking is good way to start looking at an artwork. Accepting the lines and shapes and colours as an arrangement is equally valid.
These works are made “after” a figure drawing. In a way, a remnant but also like a phoenix too – rising from erasing and working over part of the initial drawing. It references too, the cityscapes from earlier works. The style and overlapping flatness returns.
Can you see the figure? Can you see the city? Does it matter? What do you see?
The subtle colours of Autumn, the geometric and organic play of shape and line provides the context for the latest work.
The questioning of still-life vs abstraction..can it be both? How is each term defined and which “sits” more comfortably with the audience.
The above artwork was completed on the iPadPro using the Paper53 app and the Apple Pencil. It is hard to describe the techniques and effects available through the pencil. Making it work for me as an artist has been a 6 month time of experimentation and constant recharging. As with any media, making it work for you is the ultimate challenge. I feel its working.
While the seated figure isn’t by any means a new art genre this artwork tries to blur the boundaries between figure/expressiveness and abstraction. I guess you could refer to a more styalised or minimal approach also.
The brush strokes suggesting movement and depth or space. They also define the body with form – especially for example on the front thigh on the left.
The collage too provides visual interest, part figure, part tone.
This more expressive cityscape and even dynamic? is the latest way of working in this series. Attempting to be more spontaneous and work with the apple pencil and mark making in less obvious ways.
There is also the use of the coloured fineliner tool in Paper53. The detailed line that his offers is a contrast to the more blurred pencil effect. The light and darks become either positive or the negative, the play with depth and space makes the city more a pattern, a design than the 3D world we know.
Abstraction and abstracted images plays a large part in my work. The idea of a “suggestion” or “reference” is certainly entertained and played upon.
This from 1986 is no exception. Collaging and drawing to create a suggested landscape…or is it? What do you find in there? Feel free, it’s OK to see and feel other ideas and thoughts about what the work might be about. Asking questions and thinking about possibilities is good and welcomed.
As with most contemporary art…you might not connect at first but keep thinking, keep trying.
Great conversation last night at the Art Gallery New South Wales for the NUDE exhibition. Kathy Lette interviewed by Fenella Kernebone. Of course irreverent and controversial but also humorous and to the bone.
References to the lack of male nudes in art galleries generally and the over representation of female nudes in art but the under -representation of female artists.
My posts at @artfulteacher on twitter
The exhibition titled, provocatively NUDE has been selected from the Tate Gallery in the UK.