I have now completed three paintings based on the photographs I took of the sculptures, these photographs aim to bel representational of the sculptures yet distort the viewer’s impression of what the objects may look like in real life. For example, in the photographs the objects seem much larger in scale and in some instances they look very reminiscent of the skin/body, or even landscapes. This means that the paintings are very abstract, it’s unclear what they could possibly be representing, yet the objects that they contain have a feeling that is slightly human. In terms of skill, I feel that the paintings are okay, they aren’t exactly a showcase for me, but they are still of a quality that is adequate to meet the aims I set myself and the ideas I wanted to evoke.
Again varying in their quality
These paintings (of wildly varying quality) are partly inspired by a Frances Bacon piece “study for a self portrait” which is on display in the National museum of Wales. The abstractions took on a life of their own here and eventually became the drawings which turned into the inspiration for my sculptures.
After avoiding painting for the second half of my foundation course and the start of my first year in university, I have decided to go back to what I love.
Starting where I left off in the early 2015, I’m once again ignoring colour and just repeatedly painting and drawing people again in monochrome to hone in on this skill again and hopefully start looking towards producing stuff with my own style. I feel so much more enthusiastic about this sort of work, probably due to me “losing my way” a little last year, producing work that i found interesting but wasn’t truly enthused with like I am my paintings. Hopefully this new path will lead to greater things.
*Above is a quick painting from my sketchbook