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Face Painting

Robert McPartland

United Kingdom

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 40.9 W x 49.2 H x 2.4 D in

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I read about Bonnard's "sparkles" - small pieces of reflective foil he attached to his studio wall to remind him to maintain a sense of faceted light in his paintings. This piece is an all-over still life - a facade of four small shiny wrappers on a reflective ground seen from an aerial perspective, which has the effect of flattening the picture space. The gaps inbetween the wrappers form a cross and can be seen as similar to a cross on a flag; an emblem often referenced on abstract painting. The painting became a meditation on formal abstraction, emblem paintings and pictorial space. The facade of reflection also contains a reflection of my face, which inspired the title.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

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Size:40.9 W x 49.2 H x 2.4 D in

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I work in the still life painting tradition from brief, often precarious, arrangements of small, neutral or insignificant subject matter. I use observation, intuition, relationship, scale and metaphor to create a sense of clarity and space and give form to my sensibility. I regard form as concentrated space, process and phenomena and strive to create visual meditations that are layered, poetic and stop time. I draw on my interests outside art for inspiration - mainly music, yoga, meditation and Eastern thought, mainly Tao and Zen. I am particularly drawn to the increasing connections between Buddhist related thought and aspects of contemporary science, particularly physics and neuropsychology. I have also been very influenced by Iain McGilchrist's groundbreaking book "The Master and his Emissary", a Rosetta stone that connects and explains the two brain hemispheres, "the two cultures" and the philosophies of East and West. It reveals much of arts response to 20th/21st century Western society to be in fact, like its subject, Cartesian and dualistic. Please look at my blog for more written thoughts and observations. My work can be viewed by year via the Collections/view all/ tab

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