About G Kustom Kuhl
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The paintings are a mix of mediums, acrylic paints, pencils, paint sticks, spray paint, collages and hand transferred images that are either original drawings, photographs or vintage images that have been digitally manipulated.
All the paintings are on high-grade wood board. The board’s hard surface allows for the hand transfer process of images and also supplies a natural wood grain and texture to manipulate the final image and paint or simply shine through. Providing a natural, earthy warmth appearance, often allowing it to become part of the finished work.
The painting is then finished off sealing it with several clear coats of polyurethane gloss paint, which acts like a magnifying glass, thus allowing the depth, colours and layering to come alive.
Due to the complexity of the paintings and the many processes and layering of images, marks, forms and materials, the works are not simply one dimensional but rather entice the viewer to work around each part of the work and explore with their eyes. This allows the viewer to conjure their own emotional response as they already have become intimate with the piece.
The drawings are again usually mixed media, often using collage, printing, transfer techniques and a burning technique. All drawings are on 260-300gsm Lana paper.
All the works are based on my own emotional response to everyday environments, feelings, thoughts, desires, conscious and subconscious influences. What we think and feel is who we are.
Unfortunately the pictures don’t really allow all aspects of the work to be seen or appreciated.
Using various fonts as pure form alone or creating messages throughout the artwork, it all adds another element that we see and use everyday to the finished piece. Colours and images that evoke memories, emotions also influence all the works and help with the communication between artwork and viewer.
I like to think of them as abstract paintings with images. Making marks, using the images as forms and shapes, using text all add to the emotional experience.
Interests and inspiration from music, graphic design, photography, classic cars, past and present artists such as Basquiat, Tapies, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Rothko, Duchamp, Cornell, Motherwell, Bansky and Shepard Fairey to name a few.