Artworks In Your Cart Are Not Reserved.Checkout Now

view additional image 1
View in a Room ArtworkView in a Room Background


Figure No.10 Painting

Jim Grundy

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Paper

Size: 8.7 W x 8.7 H x 0 D in

Ships in a Box


Shipping included

14-day satisfaction guarantee

 Trustpilot Score

Artist Recognition

link - Showed at the The Other Art Fair

Showed at the The Other Art Fair

link - Artist featured in a collection

Artist featured in a collection

About The Artwork

This painting is part of a series inspired by illustrations in a book of historic costume patterns. I was drawn to these designs as they reduce the human figure to a series of measurements and cut out shapes. The human scale in each painting is important to me and the costume patterns enabled me to create hard edge abstract paintings rooted in representation of the figure. I am inspired by patterns such as historic floor tiles and mosaics because I see them as the human intervention into the landscape. The structure of my paintings is developed through geometric drawings and precise measurements, often using recurring elements found in pre-historic pottery or textile designs. I see these patterns as a universal language of circles, squares and triangles which form the building blocks of ever more complexity. I choose to paint in a square format to reinforce this link and aim to incorporate what I consider the human presence. This can take different forms such as fragments of figure drawings or man made objects and architectural features. In previous works I have used reflections, repeats, tiling and overlaying grids to generate compositions. The contrast between the fluid areas and the dense flat areas of paint creates a shifting sense of foreground and background. The colour relationships are developed intuitively responding to the environment around me. I use black and white in a similar way to the structural elements of the painting. For me they act as the limiting factors and define the extreme range of the spectrum. Sienna, Umber and Ochre appear regularly and represent the earth, blues represent the sky and I use the colour of building materials such as brick, plaster and sand in response to the urban world around me. Juxtaposed with these colours are the intense red, orange, yellows and purples of flowers but they also refer to the modern manufactured colours that surround me.

Details & Dimensions

Painting:Acrylic on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:8.7 W x 8.7 H x 0 D in

Shipping & Returns

Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.

Jim Grundy’s acrylic paintings are inspired by the relationship between the colours and patterns found in the natural and built environment. The compositions are developed using mathematical processes including symmetry, reflection and rotation. The interaction between chance and control is a significant factor in the development of each work. The chance element involves allowing the painting to develop and build up layers instinctively, letting gravity dictate the flow in a similar way to the process of sedimentation. The control element involves precise preliminary drawings usually mapped out on graph paper then projected and transferred onto the paint surface. In time the balance between the colour intensity, shape, size and texture of each element crystallises. Travelling often provides the stimulus for new work. One series of paintings was drawn from the colours and rock formations of the great national parks in USA referencing pottery and textile designs. Similarly, floor and wall tile patterns, especially from the historic towns of Spain, have provided the catalyst for a series of paintings inspired by the distinctive colours of traditional Spanish houses. Another recent series of paintings titled ‘Figures’ references the dual meaning of the word ‘figure’ as in the human figure and the use of the term in labelling diagrams. Diagrams of historic costume patterns which render the human figure as measurements and cut out shapes were the inspiration. These designs enabled him to inject the human presence into the landscape processes he harnesses in his work. In many ways the works can be seen as landscapes with human intervention. The areas of natural pigment bound with a medium form rivulets and accidental meanderings under the action of gravity. These areas contrast with fluid washes of paint and areas of intense dense colour which highlight the contrast between the natural and man-made. His paintings can appear to be in the tradition of hard-edged geometric abstraction but the contrast between the fluid surfaces and areas of intense colour and their relationships are rooted in observation of the real world.

Artist Recognition

Showed at the The Other Art Fair

Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in London

Artist featured in a collection

Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection

Thousands Of Five-Star Reviews

We deliver world-class customer service to all of our art buyers.

Global Selection

Explore an unparalleled artwork selection by artists from around the world.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Our 14-day satisfaction guarantee allows you to buy with confidence.

Support An Artist With Every Purchase

We pay our artists more on every sale than other galleries.

Need More Help?

Enjoy Complimentary Art Advisory Contact Customer Support