adding organic materials

detail from Kilmar #2  (2019) In recent paintings I’ve added organic materials to gesso and/or acrylics, creating texture and lines – soil, salt, wood ash, crushed eggshell, dried grass, sheep’s wool and so on – whatever I pick up from the environment that I’m working from. So, remembering Anselm Kiefer (B. 1945), large scale works that incorporated various materials including ash and wire – https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/kiefer-lilith-t05742 – Sandra Blow (1925-2006) painting Space and Matter in which she she used a liquid cement on the board and, while this was wet, applied chaff and other substances and then used charcoal and thin glazes of oil paint to produce the desired effect. This one is… Read More

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Pat Steir

Pat Steir, American, working in New York, (b. 1940) best known for her dripped, poured and ‘waterfall’ paintings – “a cascade of dark marks on an umber ground, made with the sheer forces of gravity and liquid. Calligraphy, rain, watercolour art, a twist of Chinese scarlet at its centre: the painting carries a vast culture, geography and climate in its delicate torrents”. (Exhibition review by Laura Cummings https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/15/surface-work-victoria-miro-review-women-abstract-painting See her work:www.levygorvy.com/artist/pat-steir/www.cheimread.com/artists/pat-steir/gallery/selected-works Pat Steir in interview, describing her work, thoughts and methods. ” … poured paintings…….each step tells me the next step to take, I don’t try to control it…. exploring texture and colour, density of paint” energy, control, forces, mistakes….

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Nature Paintings

detail from painting by Alyssa di Edwardo Keith Tyson (b.1969) was the 2002 Turner Prize winner for his series of works entitled Nature Paintings. “Despite the increasing uproar around that year’s selection, Tyson was praised by the judging panel for his work’s ‘strong visual energy’ across a diverse range of media that included drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.” (ArtUK.org)  I’ve found one more in this series on his instagram page https://www.instagram.com/keithtyson23/ Alyssa di Edwardo (b. 1957) is an Abstract Expressionist painter whose work I find more interesting and prefer. Reminding me of Joan Mitchell, see my post:  https://jillgoodman.co.uk/joan-mitchell From Edwardo’s website: “Gestural brushstrokes pull the viewer towards a psychological landscape perhaps making the work… Read More

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Alf Lohr

Alfred Lohr creates stunning abstract works using acrylic, oil, inks and mixed media on paper and canvas, or in watercolours.  Löhr’s large abstract works capture time and fluidity. His paintings are a complex interaction between color, form and pictorial space. He works with many layers of paint on paper or canvas, mostly translucent, which in the process of painting are sometimes removed again and replaced by new ones.  (https://www.fineartslondon.co.uk/alf-lohr) Related Images:

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Van Gogh trees

Van Gogh painted these weather-beaten pine trees six months before his death, during his stay in the Saint-Rémy hospital. He made 20 paintings and sketches of the pine trees in and around the asylum. Trees held a special resonance for Van Gogh and in numerous letters he expressed his belief in their spiritual and anthropomorphic qualities. Occasionally he saw his own state of being reflected in their fate and he found their strength and capacity to endure nature’s fury inspiring. (Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Victoria) This and more images at the Kroller-Muller Museum, Netherlands. Related Images:

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