Technique



The art I present is a hybrid creation between fine art and graphic design work, which extends or revisits the works of 20th Century Abstract Geometric artists such as László Moholy-Nagy, Wassily Kandinsky, and Josef Albers. I use a combination of basic geometric features and figures such as straight lines and circles, which are used to complement a purely free-handed drawing basis/framework. These drawings are based on a very precise free flowing drawing technique and hand movement, intended to capture a certain form, shape, or more abstractly, a curvature. The combination is so precise that it looks like a computer aided design, when in reality it is all hand-drawn, and hand-painted. As such I have coined it “Human Aided Design”, to mean that it is a computer look-alike design entirely created by man. It is the mixity of the purest and simplest geometric forms together  with “ultra-smooth” hand drawn curves which allows me to create a painting whose harmony, balance, and proportions are immediately perceived by most, from the layman to the art expert, knowledgeable in geometric abstraction and the bauhaus design movement.   The interplay between the structure, the colours, the free-flowing curves, and the more rigid skeleton of straight lines and circles, create a sense of perspective and depth, somewhat like works pertaining to the “Op Art” movement. Although more subtle, it is an impression which most will feel when looking at  the art displayed on this website. Most often than not, the shapes are essentially that, i.e. shapes, abstract shapes, with no particular meaning. In certain cases, one may interpret sails, boats, fishes, sun, etc… It is however up to the viewer to decide and interpret whatever he/she wishes.   The application of colours in the various carefully delimited regions is chosen in such a way that they are equi-distributed throughout the canvas. It is in that sense an application of the concept of “tiling”, which is reminiscent of Islamic geometric patterns. The art I have made is an attempt at creating art which looks like it is Computer Aided Design. However one of the main technical features of this artwork is that it is entirely hand drawn (free-hand), and painted in an aplat(à plat) technique:

  • Drawing technique: Entirely hand-drawn (free-handed), no computer involved, no instruments except for ruler for straight lines and compass for circles. Drawings available to display the technique (without paint).
  • Methodology:  free-handed drawing in the central region in such a way that all the curves look perfectly smooth (so much that they seem to be computer aided). These curves converge or meet in a very regular & unusual way.
  • Painting Technique: Acrylics on cardboard, paper, and canvas. “aplat” (à plat) technique, using removable tape for the straight lines.
  • Paint Brushes: Square paint brushes, except for the very narrow regions where I use the thinnest (hair thick) paint brush size “000”.
  • Inspiration: Geometric AbstractionBauhaus (AlbersKandinsky, especially Moholy-Nagy), as well as other forms of abstract art (Italian futurismcubismpop art, and abstract expressionism).
  • Style: akin to graphic design, yet fully oriented towards classical fine arts.
  • Color and Depth: juxtaposition of colors to create compatible or heterogeneous in composition. Simple structures in 2D (à plat). Different regions and colors manage to create an impression of 3D. Several layers of acrylic paint is used for each region. Extensive use of metallic colors (copper, silver, gold), requiring the superposition of at least four additional layers to create a palpable density of the paint.
  • Support and type of paint: Acrylic on Bristol paper / cardboard, small format 40×30 cm up to 120×85 cm.
  • Mathematical concepts: From my background as a Mathematician, I have integrated mathematical concepts from Geometry and Analysis (see for example the show on Mathematics & Art at the Fondation Cartier). Such concepts as Tesselations (tilings), tangents, parallels,curve parallelismorthogonal curvesasymptotes (curves joining at infinity), and from topology, connectedness, regions, closure, boundary.
  • Easy: Visually easy to appreciate, lots of colors, decorative, futurist, and very detail oriented.

 





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