A powerful fluid painting comprising of purple, red and sunset yellow as it’s primary colours
This is definitely one of those paintings that makes your eyes open a little wider, whether in excitement or horror.
It may be full of warm welcoming colours but rest assured it provides all the pomp and ceremony of owning an original contemporary painting.
Live a little. Go on. Life is way too short to play safe.
What I think about this
This is, in my opinion, one big wrecking-ball of a painting.
I don’t mean that in a detrimental way, far from it. I mean it in an entirely complimentary manner. And the reason for that is simply because of the way it just seems to smash its way in to your brain without so much as an apology or introduction. It’s kind of just there – right in your face. Boom; take it or leave it. And that feels really good.
The ideas behind it
Being a bit in-your-face once in a while is good in a number of ways for me. Partly it’s to do with the desire to push my own limits and partly to put two fingers up to life. I get so sick and tired of being told what to do that I use my creativity to remind myself that it really doesn’t matter what other people think or how they judge you. It’s getting off your arse and doing something that counts – and if you can successfully go do something that makes you feel good and that no-one else has done before then who’s got any right to argue against that?
Which brings us to the principle that lies behind this painting. It’s precisely that unapologetic nature of the piece that gives it that all-important edge. Like some sprawling organic mass it doesn’t care for rules or convention; it goes its own way. It twists around itself then moves in the opposite direction again. It falls off the edge it’s that carefree.
What does it look like to you?
My focus group tells me it reminds them of (and I swear I’m not making this up) a primeval version of hell, an acid trip, bush fires in the outback (that guy is an Australian though!), a coral reef, a kids Kaleidoscope and a firework display. See? You really can make it whatever you want it to be. So whilst you’ll always have that underlying current of power and motion there will be your own story to attach to it. And that’s the bit that really makes it your own; that last part of the story that you fill in for yourself.
It’s incredibly well painted too (and I am not trying to sound big-headed by that I promise) but it is gorgeously put together. Highlights of deep, cavernous gloss finishes exist in contrast to matt and sheen surfaces whilst the paints are moved and coerced into some truly spectacular forms. Add that third element of colour into the equation and what you are left with is something that I really shouldn’t attempt to define. So love it or hate it there’s certainly little chance of ignoring it.
Will it fit into your life?
Yes. But you’re looking for stillness or tranquility then no.
White walls, grey walls and every shade in between – whatever the space and whatever the light conditions it’s absolutely going to bring warmth. That’s the first thing I would say. I’d also say it’s probably not right for a dining room (draw your own conclusions form that) but a neutral colour scheme would be utterly transformed by hanging this up. Think of how you could accessorize with it? You’re spoiled for choice when you look at the depth of colours in it. Red, purple, sunset yellow, white, cream black, silver, pink, peach… it’s endless.