Friday, 29 November 2013
Come and chat with me at gallery/ten and find out about the unique techniques I have used in Chroma Utopia!
I'll be present in the gallery from 1- 3pm on Saturday 30th September to answer your questions and have a chat.
Last chance to see the work!
until 30th November 2013 open 10 - 5 sat
gallery/ten, first floor, 23 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BY
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Thursday, 28 November 2013
Saturation: Acrylic, pigment, resin and surface preparation on fabric. The pigment was allowed to soak into and saturate the fabric before spreading upwards in waves.
51 x 31cm plus frame
On show until Saturday 30th November 3013.
Available through gallery/ten, Cardiff
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
The essence of a field, preserved.
REMINDER! Last chance to see the show! Chroma Utopia ends 5pm Saturday 30th November. It's in gallery/ten, 23 Windsor Place, Cardiff.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Dioxazine. What a great name! Dioxazine Violet is the name of a particularly wonderful shade of purple which I’ve recently fallen in love with.
But despite its synthetic-sounding name it actually comes from coal tar, and has a molecular structure based on carbon. It can be created synthetically, but the process isn’t economically viable.
It was discovered by Carl Graebe and Carl Glaser in 1872, and as a pigment is resistant to light, heat, alkalis, acids, soaps, oils, waxes, solvents, and water. This means it’s great for using in car varnishes, printing, textiles and polymers, and in a in a wide variety of inks and paints.
The colour is so strong and dark when concentrated that it can be used as the pigment in black Indian ink.
So this brings me back to my exploration of pigments and their hidden ‘fingerprints’ of colour; plants contain pigments of various hues, and so it appears do man-made dyes.
In my ‘Dioxazine’ painting I decided to apply the coloured glaze over the entire face and experiment to discover whether the spread of the pigment could be controlled to follow the shape of the hair. It was a great surprise when the wonderful orange was revealed to contrast with the purple. The face became less important than the pigment and its separation out into components of pure colour.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I searched for years to find a non-brittle resin that could be painted with, and with a fast curing time so it would retain its form. I wanted to extend my work beyond the boundaries of the picture plane. It was only after collaborating with a polymer chemist that I found what I was searching for.
This is an industrial resin, usually used at sea to fix oil rigs and buoys, and it has all the qualities I am after!
See more 3 dimensional resin paintings in my online portfolio and also at gallery/ten
It's the final week of the exhibition! Read the latest newsletter and see photos from the gallery/ten show in Cardiff here.
Exhibition until 30th November 2013; gallery/ten open 10 - 6 tues - fri + 10 - 5 sat
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