Painting under the skin

woman on floor
(underpainting)
JONATHAN ELLIS
white gesso
16 January 2015

Step one:

Tracy Emin’s self-nudes, exhibited in last year’s White Cube show ‘The Last Great Adventure is You’ have inveigled their way into my white-over-black painting process.
She made a couple of low relief white plaster nudes which I have just realised chime with my current approach. I am drawing the figure in generous amounts of white gesso before sponging black acrylic onto the painting board, prior to painting over the acrylic with white oil paint, in my usual search for line (and more recently, shadow).
I hope that the sense of corporeal presence will be made marginally more tangible by this process of white-over-black-over-white.

 

 

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