Monday, January 20, 2014

Tropical Fusions (Panel 4 of 4)

Tropical Fusions (Panel 4 of 4) by 
Mixed-media artwork on rag paper.
Original work is mounted on a stretched canvas frame support.


Tropical Fusions (Panel 4 of 4) by ©2013 | Redbubble

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Tropical Fusions (Panel 4 of 4) by ©2013 | Redbubble
Framed print example

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Tropical Fusions (Panel 4 of 4) by ©2013 | Redbubble
Card print.




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An experimental art ‘potpourri’ involving techniques of drawing, collage, opaque and transparent glazing (painting), layering and then even more overlaying, cutting and dividing.

Mixed-media:  pencils – graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil, coloured; soft pastels, impasto gel (acrylic medium), netting, papers – rice, cartridge; natural processed fibres – bagasse (from sugar cane stems); water-based screen-print ink.


Support: 300gsm Arches rag paper, size 385 × 285 mm

(Original sheet size 770 × 570 mm divided into quarters.)
Image = Top left hand side panel of four.

At RedBubble - Work Featured in a Group

  • Collage with Traditional Mediums (25.11.2013)


Original work is:

  • From the Group Exhibition: Cross Currents, 2002, Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, QLD.
  • Previously Exhibited: 2002-03, Year of the Outback DPI Flying Arts; Selected work for Flying Arts TOURING Exhibition Regional QLD.
  • In the artist’s collection.

Inspiration/influences

Overall compositional imagery was inspired/influenced from nature drawing/painting studies direct from my local surrounding Far North Queensland tropical environment such as the capturing of:
  • undulating strata layers, rhythms and patterns from the telling timeline surfaces of palm tree trunks
  • Leaves – both actual and implied: of leaf fall, Native Hibiscus Tiliaceus (cottonwood) dried leaves plus others
  • Palm seeds
  • Butterflies and wings – both actual and implied: of the Cairns Birdwing and other
  • Seasonal atmospheric elements and Moon cycles
  • Earthy oxide palettes – of red iron, Indian red, yellow ochre, white, terra-verte, charcoal and blue – of soils, sands, sky, barks, plants, leaves etc.
  • Vessel shapes based on my own fibre receptacle forms
  • Symbology plays an overall important role in the total work.