Ron Moppett’s paintings are carefully constructed abstractions. His paintings combine symbols, icons and repeating images that reference a diverse range of subjects from pop advertising to art history. Each element, when assembled together, relates to one another, their meanings often overlapping and evolving. The paintings are similar to an archaeological excavation: layers of meaning waiting to be decoded. Moppett, however, is more interested in the abstract nature of his work and its relationship to culture than the specific narrative. He leaves it to the viewer to use our own experiences to create the meaning.
He has always been a influence in my drawing and painting. The quick movement and dramatic lines, colours and expression capture anyones interest.
go give yourself completely to something and then, share it with the world to lift them all…I only came to give it away…and I find myself increasingly full and dancing at the cliff… jason craighead
Spreading across the wall, spilling onto the floor, or cascading from architectural supports, Katy Stone’s artworks are both Rorschach tests of natural phenomena and rich harvests of line, shape, and color. She paints on a variety of materials and layers the elements into sculptural assemblages and installations that blur the boundaries between drawing, painting, and sculpture, engaging viewers with their complex fluidity.
I found Jenny Saville’s drawing / painting style to be rather unique and energetic! Her work usually consists of naked women filling the canvas through a combination of physical bulk and extreme foreshortening. She uses contour lines and numerous expressionistic lines, which are drawn across the surface of the woman’s skin. She has formed many possiblities of the human body. What I enjoy about her work is that it has a sculptural style that verges on the abstract which give a powerful graphic life to details and expressive movements that animate her drawings and paintings.
The Book of Genesis by Robert Crumb displays a faithful, literal illustration of the Book of Genesis from the Hebrew Bible. As religion has always been an important part throughout my life I found these drawings to be very interesting. As I continue to study religion throughout University and am studying the Hebrew Bible and Christian Scripture we learned about the story of Genesis and the series of creation stories throughout the bible. When viewing Crumb’s Book of Genesis he reintroduces the scripture as more than just stories. He displays them as a foundation, a source of writing of religious power. I love this work and how much detail he put in the drawings and within the storytelling.
I have been experimenting with the literal, physical, objective qualities of the language of painting. I am trying to test the language of painting and I am trying to experiment with the vocabulary, putting aside obstacles and reservations that might prevent me from fully engaging in this process. Here is some inspirations