In a world that is sometimes overwhelmingly complex,
our brains often cry out for something reduced to simple,
Your Paintwork offers you the basics of art materials,
laid out in a series of visible actions, calming the mind.
Paintwork paintings are inspired by Piet Mondrian's work where he used flat geometrical colours within a grid of black on white. Like Mondrian, this work concerned the rhythms and organisation of music.
Each Paintwork mark might be a musical notes deployed along a manuscript or describe a pattern of aural variations.
They are also designed to represent the deconstruction of a traditional depiction. Steve originally titled the works to allude to a specific scene.
Eventually these titles were removed. While they suggested a narrative path, titles seemed to close off all the other possible paths.
Using Paintwork as a title, partners “art” alongside what is regarded as pedestrian or even mundane, creating a juxtaposition.
In accompaniment to your artwork, there is…
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It’s a beautiful evening.
You have some friends coming round.
For drinks maybe. And something to eat.
Gradually they arrive with their familiar smiles and catch-up talk.
Your Paintwork painting has arrived too,
now suspended proudly upon a feature wall,
drawing admiring enquiry from friends.
You tell the story.
And everyone agrees…
they want to touch it.
Some artistic small print...
While art “materials” are always (or usually) used in the creation of an artwork, the Paintwork chooses to show them and employ them.
The tubes that housed the paint were glued on to “depict” the source from which the colours originated. This means they are depicting what they are, through context.
The tubes were painted white to remove manufacturer branding and to blend them into the background at certain vantages.
The proudness of the tube form (like miniature sculptures all) casts an ever-changing range of shadow, according to the lighting conditions.
Marks were made directly onto the canvas. The canvas collects and reflects upon a series of moments and decisions where the paint tubes were applied.
The nature of the mark means that it cannot be altered or improved. It is what it is.
Steve (as the artist) made this artwork, but while his hands were used, the physics of squeezing paint from a tube in one movement naturally produced some variation in outcome.
Some of the marks made by the tubes are more aesthetically "successful" than others, but they are all included. Some of the curves are perfect, others are slightly less so.
Through this very human combination, the whole thing becomes alluringly tactile.