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"ARTifact #16" is a  dynamic interplay of blues, oranges, yellows, and greens create a lively visual field, with sections that have distinct textures and brushwork. Some areas of the panel show heavy paint application and visible marks of scraping or layering, suggesting an active, physical approach to the painting process.


The painting's  composition is comprised of geometric and irregular forms that intersect and overlay each other, contributing to a sense of depth and movement within the piece. A prominent feature is the angular blue line that diagonally dissects part of the panel, creating a division that is both a visual and thematic breakpoint. Notable too is the bold red bar at the top right corner, providing a stark contrast to the predominantly cool palette of the composition.


Framing the piece is a simple wooden frame, with a noticeable bright yellow strip running along the left edge, marrying the frame to the artwork by echoing one of the prominent colors within the painting. The frame serves to encapsulate and contain the bustling energy of the painted surface.


"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 #16". Measures 12" x 12" x 1.5. Framed size is 12.75 x 12.75" 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 #16"

SKU: SM22101

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