Concept-based Paintings

Geology, like all disciplines, has its own set of concepts and I’m not alone in finding many of these concepts fascinating in their own right as well as exciting on account of the possibilities they offer for shaping the form and content of artworks.
Here are the beginnings of my combination of geology and art concepts.
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Reworking

I enjoy the way rocks and minerals are moved and changed over time. They may be deposited at the surface of the earth, broken, eroded, transported, deposited, buried, subducted, melted and then redeposited prior to a new and different cycle.
These reworking processes have their equivalents in the ways artworks can be reworked and recombined to produce new and surprising results.

Reworking 1, Oil paint on board 142 x 220mm

Reworking 1
Oil on board
142 x 220mm

Reworking 2, Oil on board 196 x 240mm

Reworking 2
Oil on board
196 x 240mm

Reworking 3, Oil on Board  41 x 58 cm

Reworking 3
Oil on Board
41 x 58 cm

Breccia, Acrylic on board 280 x 280mm 305 x 198mm

Breccia
Acrylic on board
305 x 198mm

Mineral textures

Geology recognises the many geometrical relationships that exist between crystals that make up rocks.
The crystallinity, granularity, crystal shapes and spacial distribution are all described under the heading textures. There is a lifetime of painting and drawing to be had in finding mark equivalents for the wide variety of these rock textures.

Vitreous, Oil on board 660 x 483mm

Vitreous
Oil on board
660 x 483mm

Granular 1, Oil on board 483 x 330mm

Granular 1
Oil on board
483 x 330mm

Granular 2, Oil on board 483 x 330mm

Granular 2
Oil on board
483 x 330mm

Porphyritic 1, Watercolour on paper 420 x 297mm

Porphyritic 1
Watercolour on paper
420 x 297mm

Porphyritic 2, Acrylic on board 410 x 400mm

Porphyritic 2
Acrylic on board
410 x 400mm

Porphyritic 3, Acrylic on canvas 500 x 500mm

Porphyritic 3
Acrylic on canvas
500 x 500mm

Porphyritic 4, Acrylic on canvas 500 x 500mm

Porphyritic 4
Acrylic on canvas
500 x 500mm

Groundmass 1, Acrylic on board 280 x 280mm

Groundmass 1
Acrylic on board
280 x 280mm

Porphyritic 2 copy, Acrylic on board 410 x 400mm

Groundmass 2
Oil on board
600 x 500mm

Restite

When granites are produced by metamorphism intense enough to cause melting, some components of the original rock, more often than not mafic minerals, are left unmelted and can appear as chunks of dark material within the new rock.
For a person that doesn’t like waste, it is very satisfying at the end of a painting session to scrape together any unused colour, mix it up and use it as a new chunk of colour in a ‘Restite‘ painting.

Restate 1, Oil on board 220 x 210mm

Restite 1
Oil on board
220 x 210mm

Restite 2, Oil on board 430 x 170mm

Restite 2
Oil on board
430 x 170mm

Restite 3, Oil on board 510 x 270mm

Restite 3
Oil on board
510 x 270mm

No vestige of a beginning, – no prospect of an end

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