Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Monday, 28 February 2011

3 (Silver Graphite)

3 (Silver Graphite) is a new painting, which I finished last week.  It measures 32 x 25 cm, and it is egg tempera paint on a chalk ground.  I have used board rather than a flexible surface.  On this surface, I have drawn a triangle.  This shape came from throwing a dice six times to get 3 co-ordinates.  Using these co-ordinates I have plotted a shape.  The process is very precise and almost mathematical.  I have given all control to the die, I have omitted intuition and to some degree, myself as an author.

I plan to let the dice decide my hues as well.  With this piece, I kept it quite neutral, and I wanted it to relate to the shape.  I chose a silver which would associate with a shard of glass or a piece of metal.  I wanted a harsh colour to contrast with the soft ground.

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