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Original mixed media abstract oil painting by Stevenjohn McHugh titled "Counteract". Measures 19.5" x 15.25" x 1.5. Framed size is 20.25 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. 


The composition is dense with various colors and gestural marks. It features a mix of vibrant red, yellow, and orange splatters and drips that contrast with the muted tones of blue, gray, and black in the background. Dominating the left side of the canvas is an energetic white scribble that swirls almost into a circular motion. The splashes of color scattered throughout the painting suggest a sense of dynamic movement as if the artist actively engaged with the canvas, adding layers of paint and texture. The backdrop contains areas of what seem to be deliberate brushstrokes as well as more organically spread patches of color, incorporating a mixture of both control and spontaneity. The artwork conveys a sense of raw emotion and could be seen as an exploration of color, form, and the physical act of painting itself.


"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."


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SKU: SM22067

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