ABSTRACT PAINTINGS AND PRINTS
I am a painter and, more recently, a digital artist. All my work is for sale as original oil paintings or photo prints.
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To me paintings are illusions.
Paint is applied to the flat surface to create the illusion of forms and spaces often to depict something real.
My Abstract illusions, which are often confusing and difficult to ‘read’, allude to forms and spaces but ones that invite interpretation by the viewer. Interpretations that will, because each viewer is different with different life experiences, be individual and different each time the painting is viewed. For this reason I believe the paintings are a starting point for a journey each viewer will take when closely looking at the work; close scrutiny is required as the images will develop only slowly. No one interpretation will be any more valid or correct than any other; there is no right or wrong answer to the puzzle that the image may pose.
Most of my paintings begin life as a figure drawing or life study, although I also use natural forms such as shells and bones as a starting point. These studies go through many stages of development before becoming the final abstract image that is transferred to the canvas. The figurative nature of the early drawings and development drawings does not mean the final work should be read as being figurative, far from it, but there is an organic quality to the abstract paintings even when hard edged shapes are used. The shapes and combination of shapes and lines that I have ‘found’ in my drawings are the subject of the paintings
Colour is used to add mood and character to the forms that collide and mingle on the surface, and again, different viewers will feel differently about colour and will, therefore, feel differently about the work. I am not trying to create any one particular mood in the viewers mind and my own mood when working has very little influence on the final painting as the work develops over many days even weeks or months. Different colours affect people in different ways so this also adds to the differences in the way the final painting will be viewed.
As the painting develops, I will treat different areas in different ways. Some areas will remain ‘flat’, other areas will be given the illusion of form and be painted in more ‘solid’ colour. Other areas may be given the appearance of texture. I rarely, if ever, use actual texture on the surface of the canvas, but by dripping or letting thin paint flow over the surface I will give the surface this appearance.
The painting will go through many changes over the weeks or months of it’s creation. A small change in one area or the change of one colour will sometimes require a change in the whole painting. A change to one line will affect all those around it. The changes cannot be predicted and are part of the development of the painting. Chance being the final and deciding element.
Just as music will create images and mood within the mind of the listener by the combination of sounds created by the instruments, sounds that are not copies of the sounds in the real world, I am hoping my work, without copying the real world, will create moods and new imaginings in the viewer.
I have no single artist that I could say has been an influence to the way I work. However, individual works by many artist have affected me deeply and will have been influential in my development, the following in particular:
Peter Felton September 2010