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Chiaroscuro for fabric detail 1
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Fabric study 2019, pencil


Chiaroscuro for fabric Painting

Alex Hanna

United Kingdom

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 31.5 W x 49.2 H x 1.2 D in

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Originally listed for $2,400
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I have often visited the National Gallery (London), and studied the painting of fabric by painters such as Titian, Zurbaran, Goya and Vermeer. Fabric has been used as a vehicle for building movement or to carry the eye across the composition or to enhance drama. It is to some extent with this in mind that I have developed this series of fabric paintings. The process requires initial observation drawings, similar to the one I have included within the additional images. These drawings vary in scale and are part of the construction process. They are used to establish the compositional dynamics and also to gain greater understanding of the subject and its underlying, broader forms. They are then transferred to the canvas using a very traditional grid system, as evidenced in the drawing (see example). The painting operates (hopefully) on two levels: as a depiction of the passage of light over soft form and also as a feature in its own right almost like Trompe l' oeil.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:31.5 W x 49.2 H x 1.2 D in

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I am a painter based in East London (Hackney). I have a small studio and work from arrangements of objects. I usually base my ideas around disposable items, fabric and plastic/containers. Referencing a number of artists from different periods I tend to work from direct observation and use a limited palette. I also sometimes employ and create carefully corriographed photographs and use a camera obscura for compositional purposes. Subjects are selected for their reduced colour. I am interested in ambiguous arrangements of objects and spatial illusion.

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