100 x 150 cm
Oils and acrylics on canvas
This painting was created using a pluralist approach, through a combination of 3 different disciplines of art, drawing, acrylic airbrushing and traditional oil glazes applied with a paint brush. All these media produce their own unique properties and can be visualised within the painting once up close and personal.
Back in the mid to late 1980's I was a graffiti writer and was lucky enough to gain a few paid commissions, this painting brings my work full circle and back to where I started my painting through visually referencing the graffiti / street art. (although I was never really prolific and definitely not 'all city' as the artists refer to it)
I had the concept to place the two genres of realism and street art together through my lens reflection series to create a meeting of styles, the abstracted and graphical elements of graffiti combined and fused with realism.
The painting showcase's a duality through splitting the canvas into a diptych and over two spaces, one side colour and one side monochrome. A visual reference to equal and opposite, to a persona and a character. It therefore creates and presents the viewer with two separate responses to how we see and view one image.
There's a number of hyper realist theories going on throughout the painting, the most obvious being the split canvas of colour and monochrome to give the overall synthetic appearance. However less obvious is the lens reflection that is constructed from numerous source photographs and my artistic input. The right and left eye reflection although may appear to be graffiti that is reflected on the same long wall, are actually in fact not from the same area but are placed together to forge a new reality, its an impossibility that a person can occupy a dual environment and space at one moment in time. Also the reflection being a mirror image is reversed, but the monochrome side is actually the correct way around. ( with the exception of the figure which is mirrored, the Sony logo gives that away ) These elements are something that implies a false sense of reality or a fabricated reality that most people take on as face value.
Although the painting stage is completed I still have to wait for the oils to dry before I can varnish it and then frame it.
big shout out to the street artist 'Kesh' whos work is featured in the colour side, not sure who the monochrome side's work is as its a combination of two pieces.
thanks for looking.