Title: Alien jungle #2
Materials: Acrylic and enamel on MDF board
Dimensions: 60 x 90 cm
Title: Alien jungle #2
Alien jungle #2
In 2018 Bert got lost again and wandered into an alien jungle. This time it was while walking in the forest around Mount Dandenong. Again it was a subtle change in the scenery – the occasional appearance of a brightly colored plant that got Bert curious and made him continue down the path.
The path rounded a corner, and a beautiful view was revealed. Before Bert in the middle of an alien jungle was a clearing with a small lake at its center. Under the purple-tinged sunshine, several hundred of many species of strange creatures were enjoying themselves. A group of what can only be described as iridescent lizard-like gorillas had fired up a gas-powered barbeque and were standing around drinking cans of beer. Peach colored feathered seal aliens were flinging themselves into the dark blue waters of the lake from a rope suspended from a large overhanging tree.
Bert was having trouble taking in the sheer weirdness of it when a large red colored fish with arms and legs came riding out on a mountain bike from a path near to where he was standing. It stopped and shouted, “Hey Bert how’s it goin’ dude?”
Out of fear that Bert was losing his mind he turned and ran as he could back to the safety and normalcy of planet Earth.
Bert strives to create beautiful art. He wants people to see the actual painted surface as being incredibly beautiful with its dense array of colourful splotches, flicks, dabs and runs.
Secondary to that is the crazy story and image behind the work.
- Using a paintbrush to paint a stroke, dot or line
- Flicking paint from a loaded brush
- Using a finger to manipulate paint already on the surface
- Dropping a droplet of paint from a brush
- Pouring an amount of paint into a puddle
- Tilting the board to make wet paint run across the board
- Adding oil based paint to acrylic paint
- Using a syringe to squirt paint in a direction
- Using a syringe to drop a droplet of paint
- Using a large brush to apply paint to a large area
- Removing half dry paint off by washing painting off with a hose
- Removing and smudging paint with a rag
- Using a can of spray paint
Bert’s compositional approach is very much like taking a photographic image and tearing it up into small strips, shapes, confetti like circular pieces and throwing them up into the air. Only to have them fall in a completely random manner on the board. Each piece of the torn photo occupying it’s own space, and all the pieces landing in the original image space.
Bert’s abstract paintings are just a torn imaginary photograph.
From the mind of a complete and utter lunatic.
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