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"ARTifact #3" is an abstract painting characterized by a vibrant cluster of expressive brushstrokes and splatters. The composition showcases a variety of colors, including red, blue, yellow, orange, white, and green, intermixed to create a dynamic visual field. The energetic movement of lines and the textural layers suggest spontaneity and a freedom of expression often associated with abstract expressionism. A distinct use of color blocking, with the central part of the canvas featuring a predominantly blue background, contrasts with the various hues applied on top. The painting is encased in a simple gallery wood frame that borders the canvas, adding a finished look to the artwork.


My ARTifact series is inspired by the natural processes of weather, time, cause and effect. Celebrating the beauty of a well-worn surface and an aesthetic of imperfection. My works are developed as a visceral response to my environment, ambiguous organic forms emerge from a play on negative and positive space. Balancing, barely touching yet they create tension between the shapes. The varied material I use are subjected to layering, peeling, scraping, scratching, heat and abrasion, in a similar way in which earth’s surface is exposed to the elements of fire, wind and water. My process is equally accidental and purposeful, intuitive and thoughtful. As paint is applied, then scratched and scraped back, a narrative is generated and a layering of history is revealed. 


Original mixed media abstract oil painting by Stevenjohn McHugh titled "ARTifact #003". Measures 19.25" x 15.25" x 1.5. Framed size is 20 x 16" x 2.5". Mixed media with oil stick, marker, oil, graphite, charcoal and cold wax on Arches oil paper glued on wood panel with PH balance glue. Side of wood cradle (solid wood) is varished natural. Signed on front and back. Framed is a vanished gallery frame solid wood.


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"ARTifact #003"

SKU: SM22088

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