I’m beginning to working on these two paintings a little bit slower than usual. I think that as I’m starting to get more time in the studio, I have more opportunity to be more meditative about color options. One of the things that keeps me painting with the resin layering process is the ability to look through the surface of these pieces to see planes of color and subtly details trapped below. Water has an incredible way of bending light that keeps me looking and inspired.
I started on my own projects and started looking at what other artists who I liked talked about when it came to their paintings. I don’t want my work to look like these artists, but I think they have some great ideas about drawing a viewer into their paintings and thrilling them with color and gestural painterly action.
Currently, I look at the works of Cecile Brown and James Roper for more information about color, movement, and composition. These are some grand artist who seem to nod at fauvism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism.
James Roper mentioned some fascinating points that I had not known earlier this week about how is work compositions are currently motivated by “peakshift”.
magazines, animation stills, comics, the Internet as well as my own photo’s and drawings. I predominantly
choose images and try to create forms which I feel register a visual ‘peak shift’, a term given to the
phenomena of ‘neurological attraction’ that appears in both humans and animals to an extreme
characterisation of an object. Peak shift has been suggested by the neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran
as one of the ’10 universal laws of art’. This peakshift is present within advertising, Hollywood blockbusters, computer games, Baroque art and Haute couture fashion as well as in the extreme forms of body exaggeration found in bodybuilding and pornography. Japanese animation which also uses this technique has also informed my painting style. By isolating out what I see as the crucial parts of such images and collaging them together into the work my intention is to intensify these visual triggers even further so they form a sort of neurological hyperactivity.