Cadmium yellow meditations

Still finishing paintings that are the result of a method I developed with the show breathing down my neck. Having a big solo show always tends to inspire the development of something technically different. That’s why I’m continuing on this style.

One person has spoken to me at length about this hue. It’s my favourite yellow and has much depth and vitality to it.

#cadmium_yellow

#keep_painting_after_show

#pursuing_organicity

#organicity

 

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new directions before a show

Many artists will tell you that an imminent show can bring you to developing somewhat different techniques. It’s part of the desire to create something interesting via a vis what you have already done. So a current example is my grey series. I have always had a starnge thing with grey. Most people with an art vocabulary will usually describe my art as luscious or intensely colourful. In reality, I have always been fascinated by dark, almost black and white works. Add in my sculpurality and you get these Greys…

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every painting is always a lattice

Lattices are the symbol or metaphor that I have been using in my art for years. It is a common metaphor in physics, energy dynamics, biological systems and other domains, including literary descriptions. It is an idea that keeps me fascinated. It is similar to illustrative equivalents such as cross-hatching. It also relates to what all artists do : layering. Here is some recent lattice work.

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Circadian Rhythms

Recent and buiding evidence has shown how we are all running on timed patterns of rising and falling neurochemicals. Our hormones, our neurotransmitters, our insulin sensitivity are likely following a set rhythm. From there you can imagine how our levels of fatigue and motivation and anxiety, to name a few parameters, are interacting in a highly integrated way. I was amazed to see recent evidence of why we have that 2-3pm slump of concentration. It seems a part of our brain is basically running low on dopaminergic stimulation. As an ADHD psychiatrist, it’s relevant to the timing of medication. Looking at things from a distance, you see a stunning array of criss-crossing lines. Now we back to one of the central motifs of my art for many years : the Lattice. It’s a motif of imagery that captures so much of the aesthetic side of our understanding of the sciences.

 

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Lattice painting

I became interested in nets and lattices as a metaphor for energy of all kinds some years ago. As an artist whose influences range from physics to Buddhism to psychiatry, energy is the common thread :emotional energy, the multiple energy forms in physics, the energy we confront in dealing with mental conflicts etc. So often times in my work you will see a colour and a superimposed interlacing lattice of lines. This is where the motif comes from. This painting is an example of these ideas from around 2011.

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