Abstract painting - Fireworks over Yarra Glen

Abstract painting – Fireworks over Yarra Glen
Materials: Acrylic and enamel on canvas
Dimensions: 33 x 24 cm
Painted: 2018

This painting is available for sale for $830
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The story behind

Abstract painting – Fireworks over Yarra Glen

One dark cloudless summer night the sky over Yarra Glen was lit up with a beautiful display of fireworks. Bert and his crazy friends didn’t have a special event or holiday; there was just a need for the celebration of the joy of life. So out came the big box of colorful exploding rockets.

The party leading up to the fireworks display was remarkably wild and raucous, many of Yarra Glen’s party animals were in attendance. The hours of dancing, drinking and being merry had come to a close just before midnight. So with that, Bert grabbed the big box out of the shed and set up the hundred or so different fireworks. Each one had been custom made by some crazy old dude called Buffalo.

What he had created was a system so that when one rocket launched its flames would ignite the start-fuse for the next rocket. All one had to do was lay out the colorful splatter missiles in line with the linked fuse system in place. It took about thirty minutes for the inebriated Bert.

Then he lit the first fuse. Boy oh boy! For the next ten minutes, a series of incredible color explosions smeared the sky above Yarra Glen. The part-goers stood around, looking towards the night sky and embrace the sense that they were here, alive, for a relatively short time. Here and part of the cycle of life within our vast cosmos.

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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