''A little bit of love''
acrylic on aluminium composite panel
140cm by 100cm.
This is a painting I have made for the upcoming ''Londons Calling'' show at Plus One Gallery. In terms of subject... The subject is not London specific, but, marmalade on toast is a very british thing to have, so thats why I chose this subject. In addition to the still life element of the composition you will notice that I have depicted a brick wall. Though bricks are used worldwide, in many shapes and sizes, the red brick wall is something for me which reprsents where I come from. The vast majority of housing around my home in yorkshire is red brick. To an extent therefore I do see that as a british thing. In addition to this I also simply used it as a device to give a sense of scale. To help me create a Tromp L'Oeil. Bricks are something which everyone can relate to and everyone knows an approximate size for.
Sat within the cavity, is a massively scaled up still life composition, which gives a sense of conflict between the two. I wanted to create an impossible existance, which when viewed could be believed as a physical possibility. Thats essentially the theme which my current work is revolving around.
I also decided with this piece to further my investigations into colour theory... You may or may not be aware of the current work I'm doing into investigating CMYK dot patterns. The blue background of this painting is made up of these dots. Essentially I have given the viewer three different ways of seeing colour in this painting:
1. A background which from a distance appears blue, but is actually made up of a series and arrangement of calculated CMYK dot proportions.
2. A brick wall which has been desaturated, leaving only a monochrome effect. I used only black paint to create this.
3. The still life composition has been created as usual, with paint, with airbrush and paintbrush.
So there you go, an impossible juxtaposition, painted in three very different ways of seeing colour. Something which no photograph can ever achieve.