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Darker Now, with its highly gloss surface, gold leaf interspersed with layers of varnish and inks has a deep dark feeling, contrasting the dark and almost disappearing face, full of woe and sorrow with the bright shining golds leaf element, giving hope in the darkest of times.
Darker Now is a deep explorative painting created in mixed media on circular canvas with many multiple layers of glazes and varnish is a complex image which reveals more the more you look at it.
Please study the close up images, as this painting has many complexities and texture to its surface, the original image is almost hidden by the layering of inks, varnish and pearlescent effects .
The piece is made initially with inks and watercolours and worked into with layers of acrylic paints and layers of varnish, this piece has over 25 layers of glazes and varnishes.
This piece was exhibited as part of the solo exhibition “aboutFace”, at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough.
The exhibition was a nostalgic look at memories of work, thoughts and life events.
An exploration of memory, and that part between real memories and false remembering - was it the photo I remembered, or do I really remember the events?
Significant life events are explored through painting, past traumas and experiences as well as familial situations.
The abstraction of the painted surface, the canvas or paper, through the searching investigations of fateful life events, become not only about the subject or object being depicted, but become an object itself, the sides of the canvas, the colour and the drips are equal in significance to the represented “image”.

Pieces are worked and reworked, layered and overlaid, playing with scale, redaction and layering with inks, oils, glazes and varnish all explored to create pieces which are neither traditional nor safe.
As always this original painting comes with a hand written, wax sealed parchment for authenticity.

Please message me if you have any questions about the piece.

Materials used:

mixed media with varnish


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Dianne Bowell

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