“Crusading”

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Acrylic and ink on 300 gsm. paper, 50cm. x  70cm.

The application of layers of coloured scumbling, crazed by random marks, scribbled with twigs dipped in black India ink, is followed by intuitive editing.  Selecting shapes that appear from the paintings surface; highlighting and isolating.

It is a process akin to -pareidolia – where ones imagination is used to conjure images in the natural world, faces are often seen in clouds, or on bathroom floor tiles; figures on wall surfaces.  Look away briefly and back again; the image may be hard to detect or gone completely, only to be replaced by some other face or form.

It is the same with this image, my imagination impulsively selected what I thought to be a Knight Crusader.  Once accepted I continued, pushing logic from my mind.  Is the forming of such an image part of a subconscious memory?  maybe even of some television episode from a distant program? Who knows!  Other viewers minds would have conjured something completely different. It does not matter.

 

Author: David Carroll - Visual Artist

David is a contemporary artist using many types of media to create abstract artwork. Born in 1947 in North Wales, he migrated to Australia in 1970 with his wife and children. David has spent most of his working life in the electrical trades. He was lucky enough to be accepted as a full time, mature age student (aged 63) at Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. graduating after four years of study with a Bachelors Degree of Visual Art (Honours). David and his wife, now great-grandparents, live in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. where David paints in his studio most days. His abstract works are inspired by memory; not so much to depict specific events but rather, a series of emotional situations infused by present moments of recollection. David regards himself as a mature age, emerging artist.

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