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Figures in a big city. Lots of texture and activity. I am imagining people and architecture from Paris, London and San Francisco all mixed up.Painted on a Masterpiece Pro stretched canvas with cross bracing.
Painting:Acrylic on Canvas
Size:40 W x 30 H x 1 D in
Packaging:Ships in a Box
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
Sprawling cities, superficiality and vanity, insecurity, instability, smiling cyborgs and barcodes, transience, self checkouts, apps that track our lives, radioactivity, geo-engineering, brutality, and the human form are some of the things that occupy my mind. Born in Johannesburg, I started my art career illustrating for South African advertising agencies, and supported myself this way through college and turned it into a career until painting became a priority. I lived and worked in various parts of America for 18 years. I now live in north London. Travel and being unsettled has played a huge part of my life, and no doubt my natural anxiety and worry about the state and future of the planet show up in my work but so does the excitement and joy I have experienced around the world. Growing up in the apartheid era had a dysfunctional effect on all citizens, some far worse than others. Unknowingly I learned to deal with a country in moral turmoil by exaggerating and distorting what I saw and felt, mirroring our government which would do the same thing to keep it's people in line. This is perhaps why cartooning became a natural outlet for me. Nowadays, artists are inspired almost daily by new images, but over the last five years term my influences have been Albert Oehlen, Neo Rauch, still Giacometti and figurative masters like Schiele. Technique wise, I’m certain that my habit of using tools, large brushes and scrapers go back to me helping my dad repair and repaint our old house in Johannesburg. I fell in love with building, appreciating drips and texture, smoothing over rough and then later, employing mediums and sanders to roughen up and enliven smooth areas. I love the contrast in using delicate linework in unexpected areas, and gashes of black line in otherwise sensitive parts of a painting, Cartooning occupied much of my youth and so I employ it as a part of the process. I work mostly in acrylic, beginning with either a charcoal sketch or by painting directly onto the canvas. Using spray bottle and a squeegee, I find large basic shapes before working into them in more detail, using scraping tools and brushes. Work is often finished with a gloss or semi gloss varnish.
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