Skull study I 5-8-19 is a small scale skull study on canvas in oils using a muted palette contrasting with areas of vibrant colour. The work is a continuation in my interest in the notion of change and impermanence. We are exposed to countless images of manipulated perfection of the human form. This work is a counterbalance to this through the process of making the work and the resulting uneven surface textures and blotches of paint from earlier layers.
The works address the representation of traditional painting motifs. Such as the portrait and nude. Informed by popular cultural references from fashion, advertising media and television, and influenced by the work of Francis Bacon, Egon Schiele, Francisco Goya and the illustrator Ralph Steadman.
The visceral work utilizes the human skull juxtaposed with abstract mark making. Achieved through the application of thick impasto paint, glazing, dragging and smudging the painting surface. Plus the occasional ‘happy accident’. All these elements contribute in the process of making or constructing a painting, or ‘how to paint’.
The paintings are representational but intend to suggest rather than depict an accurate observation. This is more apparent as the viewer approaches the work. The painted surface dissolves into a seemingly unorganized arrangement of blotches and irregular textures.
Artwork signed on the back and includes a certificate of authenticity.
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Thomas Donaldson 5-8-19 Skull Study
- Oil painting on canvas
- Artwork sold unframed
- Dimensions: 50x40x3cm
- One of a kind original artwork
- Signed on the back and also comes with a certificate of Authenticity