Through photography and painting my work explores various themes including, the sublime, contemporary landscape painting, photography and the creative process. Landscape has always been a focus within my work. I am interested by its enduring nature and naturally ever present stature within history and culture. My work looks into how we experience and view modern landscape today.
Photography is the starting point of my practice. I am interested by today’s culture of endless photos, the editing of these images in apps, their influence on the composition and interpretation of a picture and how landscape fits within this context. The nature of photography leads to it being easily manipulated. External Factors can influence the outcome of an image, Lens flares, motion blur, weather and reflections can all abstract the view of a place being photographed and subsequently how we interpret the final pictures. Today these natural imperfections can be built upon through use of editing software and filters. This is a very painterly notion we are all our own artists making creative decisions affecting, changing and enhancing an images original subject matter and narrative. This premise of layering, ambiguity and response is important to my practice.
I edit my own original photos through overpainting with a variety of media, responding to the image I am painting over and my own marks. My manipulated photos become the compositional inspiration for paintings. Working with acrylics I use paint skins, gel glazes, Perspex and image transfers. The work is built up over time as I respond and edit previous layers of paint. The final work is highly textured with a shifting surface finish, leaving the visuals dependant on where and when the viewer sees it. Throughout their making the paintings attempt to highlight the variable nature of experiencing and creating images.
Copyright © 2016 Andrew Haire