Acrylic on canvas
460x 460mm x 36mm
Signed, dated and ready to hang
The inspiration for this series of paintings began with some 3D cardboard mockups I made that I was intending to develop into sculptural wall pieces. After photographing the card mockups under various different lighting, I decided to try painting the shadows that were formed by the raised squares I had made.
Read more about this, and see more images of the process, in this blog post.
When you look at the painting up close, you can see a grid pattern, created using white paint on white, with masking tape delineating the squares. It's very subtle, but noticeable on inspection. Each square represents a change in surface height on the 3d mockup.
On top of the grid, I painted the shadows by hand - no masking tape for these, as shadows have no 'thickness'. And this explains why you (in theory!) should be able to make sense of the forms that are hinted at by the painting, when you view it from a distance.
I still might develop the 3d wall panels - I've tried it with a test piece in glazed ceramic, still needs refinement! If you look at my instagram feed and scroll right down there are images of the ceramic version, though it is not the same 3d design as this painting.