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Tea Leaves Painting

Joshua Evans-Hooper

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 16.1 W x 18.9 H x 0 D in

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This painting can not be stretched as I've painted to the edge of the canvas. I think it has to be framed. The intention of my painting is to enable the viewer to transcend into a dream-like landscape, indicative of film. This fantasy landscape entrenched with figures is an intangible site, a place not quite rooted in reality. The work is a materialization of a day dream, redolent of escapism. It is a mental diversion exemplified by recreation and re-screening. When do we get to the boundary of representation before spiralling into the realm of abstraction? The painting is an optical acrobat, it uses the language of abstraction but it is still anchored in representation. I work thinly over canvas with diluted acrylic paint and watercolour pencil, and then use deformed fields of colour to similarly deface and obscure human figures and landscapes. The painting is overworked and spaces on the canvas are left exposed to reinforce this dialectic notion. The brush strokes often range from gestural to contained marks and from facets of bold pigment to saturated pastel-like colours. Escapism is a discouraging topic as our society is secularly Puritan based in that it looks down upon unproductive daydreamers. The painting is effervescent and welcoming especially through the playful tones. The painting is provocative and defies compliancy to not be an unproductive

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:16.1 W x 18.9 H x 0 D in

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Joshua Evans-Hooper is a 29-Year-old visual artist born and raised in London. He studied Fine art at Kingston University following his interest in painting and now works from his East London Studio. Joshua works primarily with diluted acrylic paint that is applied/stained thinly over canvas. Voids of paint are strategically used to deface and obscure human figures and landscapes, as well as brush strokes that often range from gestural to contained marks. The artists use of colour differs from facets of bold pigment to saturated pastel-like colours. However, a recent tangent in the artists practice has shown a restraint from colour, setting tones of a more muted and somber disposition. Joshua often uses found photographs as a vague reference point for his paintings. Using found imagery; the artist raises questions of identity and a detachment from the personal. Taking a once personal imprint and putting the figure in a domain designed by the artists choosing. The figures explore a playful intimacy and a gentle eroticism. Joshua’s work has attracted worldwide interest with paintings being held in private collections in North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. He has been included in exhibitions at the Stanley Picker Gallery and Islington Arts Factory Joshua has also been mentioned in Saatchiarts most prestigious publication ‘Invest in art’.

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