Original oil painting by Stevenjohn McHugh. Mixed media 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 unfinished and is framed with natural wood finish. Signed on front and back. Finished size measures 18.75" x 18.75 x 2.5".
Steve’s paintings are 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 visceral responses to my environment, ambiguous organic forms emerge from a play on negative and positive space; balancing, teetering, barely touching yet they creates tension between the shapes. The varied materials I uses are subjected to layering, peeling, scraping, scratching, heat and abrasion, in a similar way in which the 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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