I became interested in a minimalist approach inspired by many past artists, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and Agnes Martin and latterly many contemporary artists to name a few, Zhou Li, Colt Seager, Clyde Hopkins, Becky Buchannan, Dora Maurer, Ludovic Philippon, Francois Bonnel, Terry Frost and Patrick Heron used flat surfaces and hard edges, post painterly abstract however in the continuation of my research I have looked at many other artists, including practising artists today, who use simplicity and colour in their work, it has been enlightening to witness creatives re-invent what has gone on before and knowing this has given me a sense of why, where and how I fit into the bigger historical picture.
I play with ideas using my own source material, experimenting with these images digitally till I felt happy with the shapes and colours I am striving for using the result to paint simple minimalist shapes.
I started to explore “materiality” experimenting with texture, depth and form, creating new recipes for my work. It also occurred to me to use past work to combine the “then and now” demonstrating the time and (life) span between the two, relating the changes that come in the ageing process and of time gone by. The final idea, the minimalistic shapes combined with recycling older work creates a psychological bridge between the younger the older me.
I started to notice in this exploration that dark shapes and colours have crept into my pictures and I have come to realise that one of the things that start to happen as you get older is allowing little clouds of negativity to creep in, this was a subconscious thing that started to happen, interesting!!. I feel it is to do with starting to lose friends and letting cynicism gather momentum.
From a practical point I have been experimenting with acrylic glazes and colours pursuing a combination of both , making my own canvases trying creating the best surface for my work, using a glue gun (never done before) to give a different texture to a triptych about gardens and using gold leaf. The possibilities are endless.
I am still continually exploring different artists but on reading “Alayne Spafford’s” bio I felt she knew exactly what I had failed to eloquently say about myself throughout my artistic life.
“The search for balance is fundamental in the art of Alayne Spafford. The challenge in her work is to reconcile a natural tendency to organize and polish with a strong desire to reject those principles in favour of chaos and disorder.”
(SO FAR) I feel that I have started this year’s journey started with minimalistic hard-edged shapes and will finish with the same using my work in-between to demonstrate the journey.