Artists from Art Fair

Shirt and Sweater 18×24″ Ink and acylic on paper covered in resin 2015 by Lisa Kranichfeld

This caught my eye because of the use of ink and distorted face.   The way the ink bleeds in wet and also remains sharpe in places creates interesting distortions and natural mixes of ink. This contrasted with the carefully painted shirt enhances the portrait’s character.  The resin makes it feel like a photo, captured.   She paints with water fist then adds the colour on top, moving it around with the loaded brush.

Her earlier nude paintings have a fluid animated feel created by pouring paint from a spoon.

Vanessa Whitehouse Glimmer 89x89cm 

The extra depth this painting gave caught my interest.  The surface is plexiglass and this gave the brush work a streaky effect because it didn’t absorb into the surface.  The tree is painted bold and dark on the surface whilst the background is painted faintly on the back of the glass.   The layering does add to the depth of field.   I found some rather thick plexiglass in the rubbish near home so I tried painting a tree out of my window.

I found once the paint was applied for the background you couldn’t paint over it and expect to see it.  Also it was easy to muddy the colours.   The background needed to be viewable in reverse so with less features helps keep it simple and bring focus on the foreground.

Alicia dubnyckyj’s Victoria peak 1 at night uses household gloss paint on board.  I liked the painting, the city was on fire reflecting the vibrant city life.

This version of umbrellas seems digitised and not so fluid as my ink work on a similar image.  The colours are more vivid and stand out more but overall it lacks movement and feels lifeless.  

Stiliana alexieva childhood memories 102×51 cm oil on aluminium allowed the aluminium to shine for the reflection in the sea in contrast to the painted clouds and sea.  The effect is very realistic with the light from the display lights being reflected back at you.  Also the aluminium was etched to reflect the rain.  

The clouds looked odd against the sky, maybe a combination of the hard edge and colour made them feel disjoint.

Kwang-bum jang Fruit 4 2015 acrylic on canvas.  97x130cm

The combination of patterns was interesting.  Clearly the sharper circular patterns jump forward over the blurred darker shapes.   The process used by the artist is also very interesting where he spends a long time painting layers of paint before sanding them down to reveal different layers of paint.  This removing of layers reminded me of another artist vhils who removed the surface of walls to reveal portraits.   The doors below had their paint removed by scratching the surface.  With a light shining on the wood underneath gave a dazzling reflection compared with the red paint.   It’s interesting to see how making use of the different properties of materials by removing the surface can create interesting art.

The portrait below was created by cutting away polystyrene to create different reliefs for the light to reveal the portrait.

 Philip raskin ‘my blue heaven’ acrylic.  Very dramatic sky and sea.  The use of dry and wet watercolour techniques in the sky created drama.  This along side the thickly painted sea was interesting.    The sky being the the focus taking up most of the frame.