Abstract painting - Analog butterfly orgy

Abstract painting – Analog butterfly orgy
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board
Dimensions: 64 x 122 cm
Painted: 2018

This painting is available for sale for $2150
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The story behind

Abstract painting – Analog butterfly orgy

One summer Bert was fortunate enough to witness an orgy of butterflies. He was out walking in the forests surrounding Yarra Glen when he heard a soft but distinctive sound. It was like a faint humming which was occasionally interrupted by little chirps and squeals of delight.

He walked to the place where the sound was coming from, finding a clearing in the forest. In the middle was a swarm of tens of thousands of different butterflies – it had to be some mating ritual. The butterflies were all in flight, clinging to another butterfly or even a group of several butterflies. Hundreds of different species of butterflies, big, small, bright, colorful were flying in the air utterly uninhibited in a wild party of lust.

The strangest part was the sound they made. The underlying tone was a faint humming, but Bert could hear sounds and words of ecstasy that you would associate with human sexuality. There were words like “Ooh yeah baby,” “just like that” and “oh, oh, oh, ah!” emanating from the butterflies. These sounds and words became more frequent, gradually building up into a crescendo. With a muscular spasm, the entire group of butterflies shook violently in the air for a few seconds and released a mighty cry of ecstasy.

Bert ran away, feeling shocked. He returned home to recreate what he saw with his paints and brushes.

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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