Saturday, February 11, 2017

Archive Images - Space Like Black Velvet Series







Blossom Arc in Outer Dark
Number One 
2006

Space Like Black Velvet Series 2006-10

Carbon and charcoal over watercolour on paper 
150 x 150 cm
Private Collection


The medium of the above drawing is charcoal with watercolour, which I began developing in 1974. Having used the carbon over washes in both monochrome and colour, it was for the development of this technique that I won the Chelsea College of Art Drawing Prize, as a fine art degree student in 1975.

As all art historians know, techniques for drawing are not new, but how the techniques are put together may be completely renewable in each age. This work is not so much about the age of the technique itself, but how it has come to be used in a brand new way. This technique is often associated with the chiaroscuro of the Italian Renaissance. However, this is not when it actually originated, or how it first came into use as a methodology or a technique.

The imagery of flowers within a dark background is not original to my way of working, this too has a history. The originality of the work lies in uniting this mixed media technique with this kind of imagery.

This development can be traced back through my archive to 1975.

As the first artist to use this combination of mixed media to create a dark space for a light image of a flower, the ongoing idea has been to develop the central image as a light object which is held within, and emerges from, the darkness of space.

Such monochrome drawings represent one creative timeline in my experimental drawing work, and is based upon the need to investigate how form relates and is inseparable from space.

















Daisy Arc in Outer Dark
Number Two 
2007

From the Space Like Black Velvet Series 2006-10

Carbon and charcoal over watercolour on paper 
150 x 150 cm
Private Collection



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