After much thought, I identified common stylistic traits in my work as follows:
- Bitumen and recycled materials oriented
- Geometric / Line based
- Focused primarily on color and texture
- Industrial in either style or content.
To try and understand the evolution of my style, I have gone into some detail about each of the above points:
My First Painting and the Use of Recycled Materials and Bitumen
|Work in progress November 2012 (image 1)|
I have always loved minimalism, as it is refined, reserved and efficient, something that is the total opposite of who I am personally. When I was younger, I spent countless hours in art galleries, refining my tastes and understanding more and more about myself as a person through interpreting the art of so many other artists before me.
Indeed, a lot of my favorite photographers are minimalistic in their style and it is clear to me that it has carried across into my work.
A favorite saying I love is 'Minimalism is not about the lack of something. It is simply the perfect amount of something'.
I can definitely say that the way I measure when a painting is finished, is by identifying when the painting has attained that 'perfect amount of something'.
|Work in progress November 2012 (image 2)|
Color and Texture
Sometimes, I just want to take a dive into some of my photographs, and absorb and touch the color and texture as it envelops me.
My desire was to try and carry this over to my paintings.
Composition plays a large part in making the color and texture interesting. In my experience, the choice of contrasting colors can either bring life to the piece, or kill it.
Stenciling, Lines and Geometry
Together with multi-layering, stencils help to add depth to the piece, and it can help enhance the color and texture also.
Put simply, lines and geometry just make me happy. It gives me a sense of creative order and a means to keep a painting on track. It is a focal point, and it gives me a way to keep a point of perspective.
|Work in progress November 2012 (image 3)|
The industrial theme in my paintings is the possibly most difficult to write about. Ever since I was a child, I have always been a vivid dreamer. My imagination was so intense it was almost life-like. By that, I mean that when I dream, it is usually very detailed and hyper-real.
Some of my favorite dreams were in an industrial environment. To this day, one of my favorite places to visit when I meditate is an industrial landscape from my dreams. I guess it was inevitable that it transferred as a visual style into my art.
Evolution of Style
I must confess, I have enjoyed looking back to see where my style has evolved from. If anything it gives me a greater sense of focus.
But like most things, my style will is on a constant evolutionary path. It will be interesting for me to see how it changes as time goes on.