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Landscape 1

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acrylic on canvas

36 x 36 inches

2018

My paintings begin as collage sketches. I work out colour schemes, shapes, and composition by positioning and re-positioning pieces of paper that I've cut, torn, and painted, or clipped from magazines like Vogue or Harper's Bazaar. The background for the collage sketch of 'Blue Tower', for example, was a piece of Japanese paper that was formed to look like heavily slubbed raw silk. The various patterns and textures in the tower were pieces of editorial photographs of fashions by Prada, Tom Ford, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana. When I translate the collage into a painting, I try to suggest the textures -silk, suede, tweed- that inspired me.
The collage sketch for 'Landscape 1' used the same raw silk-textured paper as 'Blue Tower', while the collage sketch for 'Landscape 2' used a handmade paper that resembled shagreen (sharkskin or stingray leather), with its' pebbled, polished surface texture. In addition to texture, both of these landscape paintings also explore the spatial relationships between form and colour.

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