Sunday, November 07, 2010

New Favourite Painting.

Orange (#37)
14 x 18 inches, acrylic on canvas, framed
Things assemble themselves in the strangest ways sometimes, what was originally going to be a piece based on a photo of Sylvia Plath (don't worry, it's coming) morphed into a painting of a woman sitting on an orange. When Balfour books changed location I bought a wonderful book on Chardin, a man who is considered a bit of a painter's painter, his still life work is mind blowing, so I borrowed one of his oranges.
I'd been getting a little tired of the usual format and have been looking for new avenues in my work, painting this orange was a great way to go, when combined with the strange teal/brown elements in the sky and then tying all the colours into the figure I really feel that I hit something.
Lovers of Neo Rauche's work will no doubt thing I'm trying to pull from his palette, but nothing could be further from the truth.
I love this painting, it joins "Tantrum" ( I don't think I have the piece on the blog) and "Last of the Snake Killing Girls" (see label "Silver") as paintings that I am very proud of and also found new things within old patterns and nothing makes me happier than that.
So there's 24 days until I hang the show at the Press Club for the Annual December Exhibition, in that time I am painting a mural this week, working on 4 or 5 new pages for the graphic novel (see link Any How Town) and generally making a brand new mess of the place.
Lots of news and images to come.
A.Shay Hahn

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