This month I’m pleased to show you a work from a favourite Australian artist, Aida Tomescu. The work is titled “Argint” and was painted in 2004. Tomescu likes to work in multiple layers, revealing small areas of underlying painting and drawing. Her paintings are complex and rich, ripe with personal meaning and texture. The paint is often applied using her gloved hands and this makes for a tactile surface and a directness of application. Quite often edges also reveal themselves, and that is the case in this painting “Argint“. There are layers of thickly applied oil paint and edges and corners reveal what’s beneath. Tomescu employs large areas of single hue to create an impactful work…one becomes fascinated with the textured quality of such a large surface of single colour. Some people like to refer to Tomescu as a “colourist”, yet she prefers to speak of a much wider collection of pursuits, and says that the painting continually creates it’s own direction as she proceeds. This painting is large, 184x139cm. It is something that I can “dive” into, and feel a relationship with colour, light and texture.
“Argint” by Aida Tomescu Photographed by Jenni Carter
Two paintings are up today for you to view. They’re from the Remembrance series, and both depict grassy paddocks near lantana or a forest. Both are semi abstract and vivid in colour. There’s an article on the Remembrance series as an explanation of it’s meaning. Go here to read this. I’m very much enjoying painting these and there are more to come. They’re quite evocative in mood and hopefully trigger memories of similar places in those who view them. There is a richness in colour and texture, along with smaller detailed areas.
Been working on a couple of collages, and have completed them. One I started a few weeks ago, “Citified”, and the second one I made in two days last weekend, “Inner world, Underworld”. “Citified” followed an idea of City that I wanted to explore, but I’m liking “Inner world, Underworld” most as I created it with the intention of being purely intuitive in my selection and placement of the photo images. It seems to express deep parts of my psyche, and on completion I felt very satisfied, as if something hidden had been revealed. Symbols such as an eagle, spider, gardens, a chair, flowers, a fan, a heart, deep and shallow water etc. emerged from my selection and I placed them in pleasing yet random ways. These symbols have often appeared in my dreams and I’m quite familiar with them, but still surprised me when I chose to cut them out. Colour and texture in the images initially attracted me. This way of working with collage is sometimes called “self-mirroring” and is designed to bring forth repressed or unseen aspects of our being. We can then reflect on this and learn something of ourselves in the process. This inner process can take a few weeks to emerge but will often reveal a kind of teaching. I enjoy this type of artistic creativity and pursue it with my abstractions, allowing them to be really spontaneous and unconstructed. No pre-planning allowed!
Recently I accidentally found a show of wonderful work by Queensland fibre artists….just thought I’d show you some pics I took of their work….some really quirky stuff! It’s very inspiring to see such high quality and imaginative woven and felted articles; and done with panache and humour. I’ve included their website…have a peek if you like. http://qldspinners.org.au/
Here’s the pics.
I’ve recently completed this colourful piece “Echo”, using my spontaneous approach to painting….working with immediacy and not planning at the outset. It could be said that this belongs to my “art as therapy” project. The painting acts as an extension of my own being…it is a way of showing myself to the world, and in the world. The work is very intuitively created without reference to any known object or idea, except to “be itself”. I’ve photographed the process of “Echo”‘s creation, and you can see the process for yourself. Each part is unexpected as it progresses, yet remains very lively with textured areas, scraped lines and sprayed sections. Even though I’m expressing my life at the moment through this work (and other similar works) I feel the painting conveys an atmosphere of optimism and up-liftedness. And I’d like to think that the observer can feel this as well.
I’ve been working on a collage piece with cut/torn paper…. found text and images from magazines. I used some paint also. Just wanted to see how quickly I could produce something. It doesn’t take long and is lots of fun and a bit messy. I’ll probably try some more pieces. Interesting how text can create the illusion of texture, and some of the spaces could be developed with paint or even pastel…a great experiment! So here’s the images.
This month I’m showing a small artwork entitled “Wall”. The intention with this piece was to create the appearance of a textured, painted and maybe even graffitied wall surface. I was mostly interested in the textural aspect in making this work. Its colours are limited, due to the emphasis on the surface texture aspect. The wonderful turquoise colour is one of my all time favourites, and pops up frequently in my paintings. In this painting it acts as a lively contrast to the white, black and brown hues. This work has been made using mainly a scraping overlay technique.
IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
RECEIVES SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
Artist SUSAN LHAMO of BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA has received a Special Recognition Award in the”11th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition” hosted by Upstream People Gallery.This international exhibition received approximately 160 art entries from around the world and 32 artists were selected by the juror Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A. Professor Bradshaw states this about this specially recognized work:
“‘SUSAN LHAMO of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in her acrylic painting “Red and Blue Abstraction” shows such vitality with the gestural brushstrokes and this bodes well with the colour choices of mostly red with some pink, ochre, blue-violet and red-violet altogether with black, grey and white. All making for a wonderful energy.”‘
Further information about this specially recognized artwork:
“‘My intention in this work is to create a strong statement with contrasting and vibrant colour. The patches of ultramarine blue are bold, and encourage the viewer’s eye to move around the painting. The red is also bright but I’ve pulled it back from being overwhelming by the addition of pinks. There are underlying layers that only subtly appear, giving tiny hints of what lies beneath. A few symbols and parts of words are seen emerging but aren’t clearly distinguished. Through creating layers, I invite the viewer to make enquiries about what is “seen/unseen”, and to imagine a hidden world which is perhaps exciting, and vivid in experience, yet not revealing all its secrets. There is spaciousness in areas of the painting, and this helps the eye to rest and enjoy the colour filled atmosphere, and the subtle nuances of line and texture.”‘
The exhibition will be featured online during August, 2014 at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com and continue indefinitely in the archives section of the website.
This month I’m reviewing three photographs that make use of shadow and reflection as subject. When I approached these subjects I was looking for a fresh, simple, and immediate response….how to make a balanced and harmonious image using only a few elements. The two “Shadow” photos make use of light as well as shade to create an almost abstract image. I was interested in the pattern created on the wall surface, and repeat pattern is a principle that can easily be applied to both photography and painting. I use knowledge gained from my painting experience and apply this to photography in order to balance elements such as contrast e.g. dark/light and large spaces/pattern. These images are almost monochromatic in colour scheme.
The other image I’m reviewing is that of “Rocks and Reflection”. Taken in a fern house of the local botanic gardens, this image shows double layers of interest….that of the pebbles and water, overlaid with reflections from the overhanging fern trees. The colour is also limited, which prevents the subject from becoming too complex and distracting. I also like the way the multiple layers bring forth different textures, and the elements in the subject possess a delicacy which creates visual interest.