british artist Jason Anderson paints pixelated cityscapes by applying geometric shades of color to the canvas with a palette knife. These distorted views of urban environments capture the striking shapes of skyscrapers, houses, and bridges in a rainbow of pastel hues. As a result, each canvas vibrates with a rigid yet equally dynamic feel.
Anderson developed this unique approach to painting after working as a stained glass apprentice. During this time, he learned to simplify the subject into “puzzles” of colored sections. This experience then continued in his practice of painting, where the artist divides the different elements into a composition with individual blocks of hues. He uses the palette knife to create a distinct division between all the chromatic parts. “I’m fascinated by color,” Anderson explains, “and I work with a strong palette to create deep impasto effects with paint.”
From a distance, Anderson’s paintings achieve a sort of impressionistic image of the horizon. But the closer you look at the works, the more abstract they become. “This approach creates a painting that, like the landscape, is constantly changing. So as you move around the room and the ridges of paint catch the light, there’s always something new to see,” he continues. This arrangement of vibrant shapes creates a visible harmony that stimulates the eye as it scans the canvas. Every city vibrates with beats of movement, light and color.
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British artist Jason Anderson creates abstract oil paintings of cityscapes.
He uses a palette knife to apply geometric sections of color to the canvas.