Abstract painting - Crowd of spectators at a football match

Title: Crowd of spectators at a football match
Materials: Acrylic and enamel on MDF board
Dimensions: 20 x 27 cm
Painted: 2009

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The story behind

Crowd of spectators at a football match

Australian Rules football is an action-packed game, and it is often painted as a subject by Australian artists. Bert Ernie decided that the more exciting subject matter was the crowd of spectators.

This particular football match shows the beginning of the half-time break between Collingwood and Richmond, and the two playing teams supporters are shouting abuse and insults at one another.

Interspersed amongst the crowd are regular football fans who are enjoying the atmosphere of the event. Some of the people in the crowd are making their way to get something to eat and drink from one of the overpriced food stalls. Others are waving their arms wildly because a television cameraman has turned towards the crowd to capture the excitement.

There is also a group of drunk young men who are at the football match just to cause trouble. One of the yobbos has just vomited a cascade of beer and chips over a Richmond supporter who is reacting by threatening to beat the hell out of the drunks. The police have noticed the developing fight and are pushing their crisp blue uniforms through the crowd so that they can bash the heads together of all those involved. Then they will drag them all off to the station to be charged with being an idiot.

Why

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.

How

  • 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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