Art, Identity & Place

How wild places, deep time and archaeology inform my contemporary art process


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Seascape Constructions

    These large oil paintings have evolved slowly and are three quarters complete with a few more layers of overpainting waiting as I wait for paint to dry.

    The underpaintings contain frottage on rice paper rubbed with graphite from rocks at Point Roadknight that combined with thin flowing wash and oil stick application. Textural buildup integrated with splashed and poured paint layers as Ipushed  tone and contrasts around the compositions. 

    Almost dry I am at a circling stage ready to pull the elements into desired effect.


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    Original/ Digital Prints – first efforts

    The latest David Hockney exhibition at the NGV has some artists and many art appreciative friends inquiring into these types of technique. A few years ago I explored different ways digital images could emerge with photographs wether drawn directly onto my iPad or iPhone or incorporating photographs of oil paintings with digital apps. as a way to completely change the image surface but retain the structure and composition.

    Weathered Columns 2, 2008-09, oil on canvas, 214x108 cm.

    Weathered Columns 2, 2008-09, oil on canvas, 214×108 cm.

     

     

    I could print out the digital images onto small dimension printmaking paper and then rework the surface with traditional materials like pen and ink.

    I still need to learn how to manage layers when constructing the digital layers but I imaging it may resemble layering oil painting techniques going from thin lean underpainting up through the layers to the thicker oilier opaque final layer depending on the painting style. Transparencies and semi opaque or semi transparent layers would make interesting texture as an element of the image. It’s also another way to try preliminary versions before launching into a large painting. The digital images could also be expanded into large images and placed photographically onto canvas. Just by using one image as a template it could be manipulated into countless versions transforming from a landscape into something else. Friends have pointed out that within the first digital rendition a head is emerging in portrait form. Turning the composition sideways into landscape horizontal form, a head appears to look out into a strange landscape too. I enjoy this type of response and interaction where different people see different things and reveal aspects of themselves in the process.