Julie Wigg

The paintings slowly evolve like a tapestry of overlapping woven surface layers, thin layers of oil paint interlaced with acrylic and other materials, binding together to emulate the delicate fabric of the natural world.

They reflect the real and imagined, the ideal, experience and memory of being in an ever changing landscape of constantly shifting dramas of light, movement and weather.

Influenced by mid 19th century painters and process driven, the works build with the application of paint, often fast yet deliberate, using a wide range of implements to apply medium, from linen and brushes to my hands, I use the fluid nature of paint and its willingness to describe, to form the observed image.

Earlier work often lies hidden beneath the one seen, their presence uncovered by the sanding of the surface to reveal hidden trace elements.

Surface contours are manipulated, scoring with the wrong end of the brush giving the surface paint an energy, a more ‘inward’ reaction to the mark making process.

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