|Harry Kent, Brett Whiteley ponders fate, oil on canvas, 50x60cm|
I'm seeking to make non-conventional images about an unconventional painter - my own images that express something of my own sense of the man and his art.
Why paint this way? I'm searching for expressive power and freshness. I'm turning to pure colours straight from the tube, mixing only on the canvas, for freshness and saturation. I'm turning to colour to carry emotion rather than produce accurate physical likeness.
How to render hair in a way that is not simply 'painting in'? How instead to trust in the agency of the medium to supply a myriad of marks which suggest hair texture? How to rely on plastic qualities of oil paint like paint viscosity, fluid dynamics of solvents, effects of suction and gravity? How to do enough yet not do too much?
|detail from Brett Whiteley ponders fate|
This painting is part portrait and part Rorschach. It was made the same way an inkblot is made.
Its ambiguous marks rely on the viewer to read form and meaning into the work.
Without the viewer this portrait would not be complete.
So thank you, gentle viewer, for visiting this blog and finishing this portrait for me.