On the ragged edge
Perpetual Dawn is a small sized abstract painting full of vibrancy and movement. I created it with my trademark enamel paints that I have specially made for me. In here we have aquamarine (turquoise as I call it) plus the black (obviously) and then hints of pink (magenta), yellow and blue. The creation of a painting like this is born from a desire to place unusual colour combinations together and to see what happens.
I regularly experiment with my colors to see what I find appealing and to find out what crashes and burns! In this instance it is the slight hint of pink that absolutely nails the whole thing together. That pink stops the painting from becoming monotone and one-dimensional; it has a ubique way of bringing those heavier elements together to form a cohesive structure and mass.
The result of this color trial and the subsequent use of rotational forces (courtesy of my cool-as-fuck spin table) has given us the painting you see in these photos. It’s a stunning leap into the raw edge of material tech and paint blending. On a different day this would not exist, but the day came and it was seized. The rest, you might say, is history.
Mind bending shapes
Take a moment to look at some of those complex shapes. There re layer and waves of paint intersecting and moving around and through one another as well as piercing shards of color that have formed with no care for convention.
Then you get hit by a wave of delicate complexity among the big hitting slabs of tone; if you want yin and yang, light and dark, but most of all something with grace (as well as balls) then you’ve hit the jackpot! I can’t think of an abstract painting from recent times that has excited so much as Perpetual Dawn.
You may also like to know that after the various paints were applied to the base coat I pretty much put everything else on at once and span it up to quite a fast rotational speed. After no more than 90 seconds I powered down the table and the painting immediately told me it was done. Just like that. One spin and done.
Well, it’s actually 13 years and 90 seconds to get it right really, but who’s counting?