Abstract painting - Wildman Buffalo

Title: Wildman Buffalo
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board
Dimensions: 30 x 30 cm
Painted: 2018

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The story behind

Wildman Buffalo

His name is Wildman Buffalo, and he is the best stuntman in the world. He has performed some of the most hair raising stunts ever witnessed and survived most of them with nothing more than a scratch.

Bert Ernie got to meet the man in 2007 when he was looking to buy a car. The advertisement in the paper said ‘Supercharged dragster for sale – motor needs some work. $700.’ Bert rang the phone number and spoke to the Wildman. Bert liked what he heard and traveled out to Yarra Glen to inspect the car.

The dragster was once a thing of beauty and had been a powerful machine – but not anymore. The motor had cracked a piston and was missing a couple of spark plugs. The Wildman told of how the dragster came into existence, how it had served him well in his many exciting adventures. Gilbert liked to talk, and he told a long story which happened to become the basis of a beautiful painting.

Wildman Buffalo jumped thirty cars in a ramp to ramp stunt with the dragster in the glory days of 1975. The place is in front of a packed stadium full of people, and Wildman Buffalo has just completed the jump and now stands on the car wearing a multi-colored iridescent tracksuit with his arms raised in victory.

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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