Painting: Oil, cold wax medium, charcoal, pigment powder and marble dust on archival quality wooden panel
Size: 41 H x 41 W x 2 cm
This painting has been created using a cold wax medium on a high quality cradled board. It is primarily abstract and based on a response to landscape, open skies, stained walls and textured materials. It is difficult to portray the precise physicality of this work in photographs. The surface of the painting has a range of textural qualities and gestural markings created by both controlled and chance intervention. The image consists of successive layers of oil paint suspended in a cold wax medium with the subsequent erasure and reinstatement of surfaces, colors and details. The cold wax allows for fine marks and incisions to be made with a variety of tools and instruments. The colors are warm and restrained with a rich patina suggesting the continuing passage of time.
Cold wax is a wonderfully expressive medium and working on a resistant board allows me to use a much wider variety of mark making techniques than would be possible on canvas. The rigid surface encourages an energetic physical engagement with the material. It doesn't matter how the paint is applied or with what kind of tools. On this particular work I have used kitchen knives, chisels, wooden kebab sticks, wire brushes, scalpels, rags, polythene sheets to name just a few of the implements. I have scored, scraped, dragged, gouged, wiped, brushed, scratched, engraved etched and furrowed.......not so much a painting, more an act of tilling and cultivating the land.
Finally, the hardened wax surface is selectively burnished to a soft reflective sheen enhancing the sense of tangibility and translucency.
This painting does not require framing and is ready to hang with mid grey toned edges
Keywords: warm, texture, cold wax, abstraction, intense
Cold Wax Medium on Board