One of the most important elements of my figure drawings is the landscape that encompasses the characters. My wish is for these landscapes to feel as expansive as those of surrealist origins, but not be directly surreal. Furthermore, Having encountered the work of Artist Gordon Cheung I have really wanted to try and bring a digital aesthetic into the idea of the landscape.
With my growing interest in architecture, particularly that of apartment complexes and Brutalist structures, I feel it is also important to try and bring an architectural side to my own landscapes.
I thought that a method to try and achieve the blending methods seen in some of Cheung’s work would be to try using a squeegee to pull paints over each other such as those seen in the Abstraktes Bild (Abstract Paintings) by Gerhard Richter.
This is the result a drawing/painting collage trying out a few different styles and encompassing a few experiments within the ideas that I have explored as research.
It has been a successful first experiment I feel, friends have reviewed it favourably and I am keen to move on to the next and to refine the work more. I think the colour mixing will need a little work to try and balance it more and open up the painting from being a dark brown mess. Perhaps I could play with layering or trying different types of paint and seeing how they mix.