Abstract

Virginie

Virginie

2017, charcoal and chalk pastel on paper, 65 x 50 cm

Jill's beginnings

Jill's beginnings

2017, oil on linen, 40 x 30 cm

Conversation

Conversation

2017, oil on linen, 20 x 20 cm

Red sky

Red sky

2017, oil on linen, 20 x 20 cm

New light

New light

2017, oil on linen, 20 x 20 cm

Movements 1

Movements 1

2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 cm

Movements 2

Movements 2

2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 cm

Blowing

Blowing

2017, oil on linen, 40 x 30 cm

Overflow

Overflow

2015, oil on linen, 30 x 40 cm

Blue with blue

Blue with blue

2016, oil on linen, 40 x 30 cm

Enigma 1

Enigma 1

2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 cm

Blue angle

Blue angle

2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 cm

Homage to Michael Kidner

Homage to Michael Kidner

2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

Homage to Ellsworth Kelly

Homage to Ellsworth Kelly

2017, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

Homage to an unknown artist

Homage to an unknown artist

2017, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

These paintings link to the project called ‘Watercolor abstracts'. They are based on seemingly random images or colors and shapes that come into my head. I work with the subtleties that emerge as I gradate the colors. What is difficult to reveal in photographs is that what might seem to be a collection of flat color regions are indeed gradated using many layers of paint that slowly reveal varying dynamics in illusory space.

 

The three homage paintings at the end start differently. Although I copied the shapes and basic colors from original sources as closely as possible, I changed their scale and experimented with the subtle gradation of colors both within and between each shape. My aim was that no region of color in any part of the paintings was the same as the color of any other region. Homage to Michael Kidner is based on a detail of a painting made by the highly innovative English artist who I was fortunate to visit on several occasions. Homage to Ellsworth Kelly is a reprise of his painting Red, Yellow, Blue. The Homage to the unknown artist shows a detail of a sofa pattern that is a part of my daily life.

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Movements 1

2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 cm