abstract art, a systems view

New painting: Wrap Around

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Taken months to paint …

Andy Parkinson, Wrap Around, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 20.5 cm x 50.5cm

Andy Parkinson, Wrap Around, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 20.5 cm x 50.5cm

… and probably looks like it was done in a few hours

Written by Andy Parkinson

September 1, 2016 at 7:00 am

Posted in Abstract art, Art

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  1. Looks brilliant Andy! Remember we still have your Dyptych from Sluice at our studio

    patrick, hanz

    September 1, 2016 at 7:12 am

    • Thanks Patrick. I had hoped to drop by when I was in London last week but only got the lunch hour in the end. Would love to arrange a studio visit soon.

      Andy Parkinson

      September 2, 2016 at 3:09 pm

  2. Empathy Andy! I’m sure many people look at much of our work and don’t give a second thought to the hours of struggle that they take…but as Dave Hickey once said “those who know about it care”! I’ve been toying over the dimensions of some upright panels for ages…and you may have just cracked it for me! Lovely piece of work – about time you put on a solo show methinks?

    David Manley

    September 2, 2016 at 8:50 am

    • Thank you David. Funny thing, but getting the dimensions right was one of the issues. I cropped it into this format in desperation and then was delighted that it took me away from the square, to which I thought I was committed. The diptychs I have been working on for the last year also lead away from that format. Painfully slow paintings though, even though they are very simple. They start out very measured, moving away from precision very slightly at first, then through various attempts to recalibrate tend increasingly towards randomness (business students will be familiar with W. Edwards Deming’s Funnel experiments). I like Jeffrey Steele’s aim to “abolish as far as possible subjective, contingent and random factors…” but actually my recent paintings seem to have landed me in the territory of chance and randomness.

      Andy Parkinson

      September 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm

  3. Honest question here: how many hours did this take? You say months.

    But a base coat, sheet of vinyl, some scoring with a straight edge, sealing the edges with matte medium and overpaint would only take a few hours.

    Let me into your process?


    September 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

    • Hi Jeremy, thanks for your interest. Well, hours and hours (I am embarrassed to admit, over 300 hours). There are many layers, difficult to see in a photo. Each square is painted individually, in rows from left to right and from bottom to top, in one direction painted free hand whilst in the other direction using masking tape. Where they meet they get out of sync so I find ways to recalibrate. Then the canvas is turned 180 degrees and the process starts again.

      Andy Parkinson

      September 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm

  4. Lovely, Andy– I really like this. And your process is integral to the movement and energy of the work. I hope to see one in person soon.


    September 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    • Thanks Mel. Yes indeed! Not this one though. It’s on its way to the Priseman Seabrook collection on Monday.

      Andy Parkinson

      September 3, 2016 at 7:00 am

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