My current practice as an artist often reflects my immediate surroundings and thoughts regarding the subject matter. I create observational oil paintings using mark-making techniques using unconventional brushes, including a rolling decorating sponge, putty knife and textured wall paint brushes; I appreciate using traditional mediums in an untraditional way.
I’m inspired by art that questions society and how it functions and I enjoy works that have high contrast and fine detail. I also take influence from work that is directly personal to the artist. As an artist, I think it’s important that I comment on current events I am influenced by, as it allows me to be introspective and grow as an individual.
Before studying for my degree, I received a foundation diploma in fine art.
Disconnect is a collection of paintings that reflect my thoughts on Manchester whilst taking into account personal memories of each piece. I decided to abstract images of manchester as I felt it would be more expressive. They all share a similar colour pallet apart from ‘Opening’, which has a richer, bolder choice of blue that runs throughout the piece, creating a strong contrast between the other paintings. I wanted to combine vigorous confident brushstrokes with adding depth and texture because I wanted to emulate Manchester’s surfaces and evoked emotions.
Keywords: Abstract, Brushstrokes, markmaking, Oilpainting, Oiloncanvas, cityscape, dissociation, oilpainter, expressive, abstactart, contemporarypainting
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