Skin Deep

Skin Deep

130cm x 75cm Mixed Media
This painting is constructed by layering different materials, which are not evident in the final surface. Beneath each skull is a layer of stiff smooth white textile, which renders the line of the skull (which is on transparant paper) visible.
The background is constructed of numerous layers of impasto oil, cut through with a knife to reveal the traces of what lies beneath. This is a reference to the battered hulls of the fishing boats that I used to marvel at in the harbour in which I lived at the time. The rough paint often stripped by shunting into the pier to reveal the traces of colours from previous years. Nothing that we see is simply a surface, it is the sum total of all that lies beneath and around it. How much more interesting are things that are stripped back.
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Skin Deep

Skin Deep

130cm x 75cm Mixed Media
This painting is constructed by layering different materials, which are not evident in the final surface. Beneath each skull is a layer of stiff smooth white textile, which renders the line of the skull (which is on transparant paper) visible.
The background is constructed of numerous layers of impasto oil, cut through with a knife to reveal the traces of what lies beneath. This is a reference to the battered hulls of the fishing boats that I used to marvel at in the harbour in which I lived at the time. The rough paint often stripped by shunting into the pier to reveal the traces of colours from previous years. Nothing that we see is simply a surface, it is the sum total of all that lies beneath and around it. How much more interesting are things that are stripped back.
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