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PAINTING

These paintings have many subtle layers going on which unravel on closer inspection. I use the glitters and metallic as a seduction to draw the eye in to see these details, to reveal the depth of the work. 

 

I like to use different surfaces such as velvet as a juxtaposition with the marks which have been applied, layer after layer with a brush but also by dragging an iron nail and other implements through the paint. The aggression and violence of some contrast the mark with the more painterly smooth graduations and the velvet surface.

 

I am fascinated by the similarities in nature that exist between an image of a nebula, a virus, a cell, a universe, a flower, geometry, fractals etc. They give me a recurring motif usually a circle, as a symbol, a signifier, a switch, that turns the work into whatever the viewer is open to seeing. 

Please see full details of my paintings, including a slideshow of additional images below.

SEND IN THE CLOWNS 2022

Acrylic on Velvet

H91 x W91 x D4.5cms

Blood Sweat Tears.  jarring times, thoughts and colours overloaded, dropping into a different surreal reality, a reality, occupied by dangerous clowns, acrobatic and practised emotional liars. 

 

Intricacy and simplicity merge over a scarlet velvet. A barrier, a this but no further, passes across the surface. Like much of my work, in different lighting, daylight, artificial, sunlight, and low light, this painting speaks a different language with each, sometimes blinging and zinging with reflected twinkles and glittering. 

 

It is a heavily worked painting that has many many subtle layers going on at every level which are not visible without closer inspection. I use the glitters and metallic as a seduction to draw the eye in to see these details, to understand the depth and meaning of the work. 

 

I am fascinated by the similarities in nature that exist between an image of a nebula, a virus, a cell, a universe, a flower, geometry, fractals, etc. and they give me a recurring motif usually a circle, as a symbol, a signifier, a switch, that turns the work into whatever the viewer is open to see. 

Artist Sand Laurenson painting Send in the Clowns 2022

BRAIDED FLOW 2021

Acrylic on Canvas

H60 x W60 x D4.5cms

Inspired by aerial views of braided flow rivers running through glacial ice. A braided river, or braided channel, consists of a network of river channels separated by small, often temporary, islands called braid bars.

I have chosen ice and glacial water for this painting using matte and gloss to create a surface that reflects its parts differently as lighting changes. High gloss blues and green lacquer gives a super shine with metallic and silver running through to catch the light.

Braided Flow 2021

SAND and SEA 2022

Acrylic on Canvas

H60 x W60 x D4.5cms

Inspired by a beautiful aerial view of ice on the Sahara desert. Such a beautiful and strange occurrence is made more prevalent by climate change. The wonder of these opposites, water and earth, hot and cold exists side by side for a brief moment in time. 

I created the ice elements in many layers of different mediums, glazes, metallic, glitter and pearl acrylics. On a surface of sand coloured velvet, I used matte and gloss to create a surface that reflects its parts differently as lighting changes. 

Artist sand laurenson Sand and Ice painting

THE CURVE 2021

Acrylic on padded velvet over canvas

H60 x W60 x D4.5cms

The lockdowns resulting from Covid in the UK and elsewhere had and continue to have many terrible effects.

 

The title is from the anxiety of watching the trajectory curve of the virus rising and whether it would ever stop or was set to complete a never-ending circle of lockdowns and new variants.....the jury may still be out on that?

 

 Inspired by microscopic images of the virus ( which are really quite beautiful) I translated what I saw into colours and lines to represent the infinite possibilities within the virus. In different lighting, daylight, artificial, sunlight, low light, this painting speaks a different language in each, sometimes blinging and zinging with reflected twinkles and glittering

 I am fascinated by the similarities in nature that exist between an image of a nebula, a virus, a cell, a universe, a flower, geometry, fractals etc. wand they give me a recurring motif usually a circle, as a symbol, a signifier, a switch, that turns the work into whatever the viewer is open to see.  Get in touch to commission similar.

The Curve 2021 Artist Sand Laurenson

DARK SKIES 2020

Acrylic on Velvet

H91 x W91 x D4.5cms

This painting in my velvet painting collection is full of iridescent colours, silvers graphite and sparkles on deepest black velvet which works best in good light where it truly comes to life and hides its dark side, glimmering and sparkling when the light catches the different hints of colour in the metallic flakes and textures upon the velvet.

 

 I continue to use different sizes and types of mark making with various tools to create the dragging and furrowed effects radiating out from the centre.  In my abstract painting I often use the paint like any other material, to obtain a surface a texture, a sculptural property, more  than in a more traditional way, to represent.

 

I like to work on different surfaces to evoke a particular feeling, association, or thought, such as velvet, rubber, vinyl, wood as well as canvas. The constant round and round, check and recheck, over and over, undo and redo,...all build up into a mark, a stain, a moment in time as occurs in light and dark.

Dark Skies 2020