british artist Jason anderson creates colorful abstract paintings made up of pixelated samples of oil paint in pastel tones. Up close, the artist’s paintings look like layers of blocky shapes and colors; but, from afar, his scenes – featuring cityscapes, roads, trains and marinas – are revealed.
Anderson began his career as a stained glass apprentice, where he worked in the restoration of stained glass windows in cathedrals. He soon began to design the glass murals himself, where he learned to break the subject down into “jigsaws” of colored sections. This approach still shines through in his paintings today – intricate scenes come to life with simple forms and careful attention to hue and tone.
Each abstract work presents a central “light” that seems to shine through the canvas to illuminate the fuzzy and pastel pigments. “My time in stained glass taught me about light and its expansion,” Anderson reveals. “So in my paintings there is only one (pure) white point that gives the room a strong focal point and what better excuse for that than an imaginary sun – maybe just fading away. lie behind the horizon. “
Anderson uses a palette knife to achieve his distinct, textured aesthetic. “I relish the often frenzied nature of mixing and arranging the paint in thick impressionist layers, and submitting to a process that creates its own details and shapes,” he reveals. “It forces me to be bold and decisive; it also produces a kaleidoscope of shapes and tones that portray the ever-present movement and energy of nature. As the viewer moves around the textured paintings, the light fixes on the thick edges of the painting, reflecting the energetic movement of real landscapes.
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British artist Jason Anderson creates colorful abstract paintings made up of pixelated samples of oil paint in pastel tones.
Each abstract work presents a central “light” that seems to shine through the canvas to illuminate the fuzzy pigments.
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