Hand Painted Art
These pieces depict unintended self-reflection of the artist upon her own work. Her passion for the nude figure is born of countless exercises drawing layered forms of the human body and hours spent studying how artists have approached this through history. The figure’s composition relates to traditional depictions of the Nude, however, only upon completion did it become clear that the mirrored figures represent self-examination.
In contrast with traditional methods, bright colours and a graphical treatment are chosen. Focus is placed on the individual shapes that group together to form the figure. The timber panel is allowed to become part of the work, the grain echoing the flowing shapes of the body.
“Frolic” Cc 2016. Oil Paint on Timber Panel. 1200mm by 800mm.
Frolic is the second instalment to the figure-mirrored theme. I really enjoyed the composition of the interlaced fingers near touching. There is this real sense of movement. The entire painting is completed with the one shade of purple, with only white added to each layer of colour. I really like the purity of this mono chromatic design. Despite the skin tone being an absolute abstracted concept, somehow the figure seems alive and real. I really enjoy playing that line of abstraction and realism.
“Subjugation” Cc 2014. Oil Paint on Wood Panel. 1200mm by 800mm.
This Lovely Dual took approximately 2 months to be painted. I loved working on her because I felt the pose conveyed so much respect. I titled the piece “Subjugation” because i felt it was a play on how women perceive one another. There is a level of mutual respect being portrayed, but also the sense that each believes they are better than the other. I like to tow this line of similarity and difference, using a mirrored composition to highlight this idea of the same, but different. They both sit, respecting each other but at the same time, measuring them self against the other.
“White Linen”. Cc 2013. Oil paint on Wood Panel. Landscape Format.
This Relined Beauty is a more relaxed and modern take on the Traditional Reclined Nude. She is reclined on a bed of tussled sheets, and the colour palette reminds me of Fresh White Linen. The Light is gently beaming off her creamy skin. I wanted to use the wood grain as a sort of Mid Tone for her figure as well as produce a sense of transparency in her form. There is a level of Voyeurism here as well, as she is unaware of the audience seeing her.
“Bow”. Cc 2013. Oil Paint on Wood Panel. Square Format.
There is so much energy in this pose. Frankly I was drawn to this pose because I had never seen a painting do like that before. It is an aerial view of a woman is a crouched sitting position. I have had many viewers comment on the placement of the form. Despite the cramped composition of the figure in the corners of the picture plane, but also the choice of a Square as the frame, she looks very calm. I like the tightness of this composition. It plays to an idea that she is in some distress, but she is not yelling out for help. She is confined, but strong in her distress. I like that concept a lot.
“Towards You”. Cc 2015. Powerhouse Museum of Street Art, North Geelong. Mural 10 ft by 3 ft.
House Paint on Concrete Pillar.
This has probably been the largest I had ever worked, till that date. She was larger than life and very commanding, even from a far. Her Salmon Palette really played contrast to the other Street Art in the large Space, as everything was cool coloured, greens, blues and violets. She looks almost as it she is lifted off the Pillar, and frankly, “Coming towards you”, hence my title. I really enjoyed working on that scale, it was very humbling to see my work that big and commanding.