The relationships between surface, colour, form and space are the main elements of my art. Inspired by abstract expressionism and minimalism my ideas aim to display painting as pure abstraction and solely about surface, colour and medium. This has been influenced through the way artists challenged whether there should be any association with representation and visual imagery, focusing purely on materials, process and form, the connection between the artist, the viewer, the artwork and it’s surrounding. These elements are important in the development and practice of the way each painting is thought out creating individuality and personality.
The layers, thickness, colour combinations and the way in which the paint is applied to create the surfaces are essential in determining the outcome of the works. Colour combinations, size of shapes and the two types of surfaces are carefully considered and made through a process of intuition. This creates harmony, balance and sometimes discord engaging the viewer to have this experience. Chance and risk of the process contradicts the meticulous precise outcome of the paintings. The square shape expresses purity, the non-representational and total abstraction of colour, shape and texture.
The Neo-Platicsm movement involving Piet Mondiran of pure abstraction and focus on form and colour is significant and influential in the composition and structure. Removing anything that will detract from merging and unity of the shapes, colour and surface. Agnes Martin is influential through the way her works are regimented and structured. Her paintings express motionless, robotic and calculated emotions but her choice of colours display beauty and, in an ironic way, a sense of fluidity. An element of Martin’s work that compliments my ideas is the way that she describes her works as square but the grids are never absolutely square. This relates to the spontaneous process of the decision-making and the elements of imprecision within my geometrical paintings. The ideas of perfection and imperfection are expressed through the process and asymmetrical grids highlighting the compositions and form more accurately.
Callum Inness and contemporary artist Ann Pibal contextualize and inspire the ideas of surface. Inness utilizes surface by removing paint and colour from the canvas, leaving pigments of colours subtly blending and harmonizing together. His works appear to be frozen elements of brush marks and colours but they ultimately display flexibility, fluidity and movement. Ann Pibal influences the illusionistic and merging of textures through her geometrical design like paintings and the use of asymmetrical. Piabl’s works look as though they have symmetrically and precisely been thought out but her work is actually made through a process of improvisation visually displaying precision but the ideas are far from perfection and structure.
I aim at expressing control with spontaneity, form with composition, colour with surface, abstraction with structure within painting.