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New Media: Enamel, Acrylic, Spray Paint on Wood, Bronze, Steel.
‘Untitled # 4.3’ is part of an ongoing series of ‘Refractor Paintings’ which I have been developing in Mexico over the past two years.
Using the language of minimalism and its associated economy of form and material, I create these simple yet complex, colourful abstract paintings from industrial materials. I work with plywood panels and enamel acrylic spray paints. The four panels in this piece, are inlayed with colored bronze rods and then mounted in a fabricated steel frame.
For these works, I only use over the counter, industrial spray paints. I have chosen to work with a limited palette, using a commercial range of colors that create a striking, glossy finish. I like that people can buy these paints over the counter. I also like that this accessible range of colors is familiar to us and forms part of our day to day urban experience.
(The ‘Refractor Painting’ works can be viewed on the website: www.ianjohnson.co.uk)
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection