Contemporary artist Stephen Simpson’s floral works pay homage to the origins of Abstract Expressionism, presenting an almost ethereal depiction of light, colour and energy. Every seemingly careless brushstroke plays its part in the tapestry of work.
He introduces incredible luminosity to his paintings by setting fire to the canvas with a blow torch. First, Stephen layers modelling paste and oil paint using a palette knife, brush or old rags. Then a high-gloss resin coat is applied, before the painting is blasted with a blow torch. This in turn ensures that the resin sets rapidly and the finish is crystal clear.
“Each of my pieces has a light source. I try to leave the paintings as organic as I can – almost as if they are growing out of themselves.”
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