Portrait Study 9-30-20
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Portrait Study 9-30-20

Price
£150
Painting medium: Oil paint

Unframed

Original

Gallery: La Lanta Fine Art

Ships from: Thailand

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Description

About the artwork
Donaldson's visceral works utilize the human figure/head juxtaposed with abstract mark making. This is achieved through the application of thick impasto paint, dragging and smudging the surface plus the occasional intervention of the happy accident or chance. All these elements contribute in the process of making or constructing a painting, or how to paintThis abstract quality is further emphasized by deliberate close cropping of his subject, reminiscent of the early modernist works by Degas. The works also acknowledge certain aspects of the existentialist premise that one cannot fully know or experience the reality of another person, and that this separateness underlies our daily consciousness, hence the cropping and fragmented surface facilitates a way as to negate this experience , as only a part of the subject is revealed.

Specification

Medium Oil paint
Support Paper
Framed? No
Subjects Portraiture,
Style Expressionist
Original or Edition? Original
Certificate of Authenticity Yes
Artwork Dimensions: 56 X 38 X 1 X cm

About Thomas Donaldson

Thomas is a British painter based in Asia. His visceral works utilize the human figure/head juxtaposed with abstract mark making. This is achieved through the application of thick impasto paint, dragging and smudging the surface plus the occasional intervention of the ‘happy accident' or chance. All these elements contribute in the process of making or building a painting. This abstract quality is further emphasized by deliberate close cropping of his subject.

The works also acknowledge certain aspects of the existentialist premise that one cannot fully know or experience the reality of another person, and that this separateness underlies our daily consciousness, hence the cropping and fragmented surface facilitates a way as to express this experience, as only a part of the subject is revealed.

Although the works are representational and figurative they intend to suggest, rather than depict an accurate observation of his subject. This is more apparent as the viewer approaches the work, the painted surface dissolves into a seemingly unorganized arrangement of blotches and irregular textures.

Donaldson earned MFA from Newcastle University, UK and BA (Hons) from Bradford & Ilkley College of Art, UK. In 2004 he was awarded artist in residence for Visual Arts in Rural Communities. In 2002, he received Northern Arts Individual artists award and British Academy AHRB Award in 2001 and Yorkshire & Humberside Artist award in 1999 Donaldson has extensive exhibitions in the Norway, Spain, the UK, Thailand, France, Italy, Korea and China. He lives and works in Chonburi, Thailand.