Using black and red effectively
These two colours are at the very heart of my creativity. My first proper large format painting was a red and black canvas with hints of white (something not too dissimilar to the guitar designs of Eddie Van Halen). Ever since then I have gone to extraordinary lengths to do these colours justice and push my boundaries further.
Which brings us to where we are now and Over The Edge; not the largest canvas I have created (with these colours) but it certainly ranks as one of the most satisfying.
Up, down, repeat
To give life to a painting like this you need to give every part of the canvas its own story and narrative. And as the red loops are the main focus here it’s only natural we should talk about them first.
From the start you can see that this painting is, essentially, a series of repeating lines. They’ve been bent, morphed and coerced into some rather delightful loops and bends but at their heart they are simply lines.
However, that only reveals part of the story. If you care to look a little deeper you’ll notice that they all carry a different angle and paint density. One of the briefs in my head was to make them appear very similar from a distance but have them dissolve in to their own entities as you move closer.
Despite having their own characters and personalities though they all follow the same basic rules for their structure and application method. The skill of the artist here is to develop each one into something that stands on its own merit. I think I’ve achieved that.