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Marc Blake paintings 2008 - 2012


“Pictures are the idea in visual or pictorial form; and the idea has to be legible, both in the individual picture and the collective context - which presupposes, of course, that words are used to convey information about the idea and the context. However none of this means that pictures function as illustrations of an idea: ultimately they are the idea. Nor is the verbal formulation of the idea a translation of the visual: it simply bears a certain resemblance to the meaning of the idea. It is an interpretation, literally a constrained construct - even if in the next breath I cast doubt on its self-containment.�

Gerhard Richter, from a letter to Jean-Christophe Ammann, February 1973


Traditional

East

Asian

and

particularly

Japanese

art,

aesthetics

and

In 2002 I decided to move to Japan and stay for as long as it took to try and understand the relevance that place held for me both personally and creatively. I lived there for four and a half years. During that time certain key events and realisations would lead me to totally reconsider the media I was using and also the way in which I thought about creating and using images. However it wasn’t until after I returned to New Zealand that these ideas would start to come together. In

Auckland

in

March

2008

I

painted

a

work

titled,

“Picnic

on

the

photographic source images grounded in a “landscape” based on the grain completely intuitive, and for that reason it is the painting that begins this book. I subsequently moved to Sydney at the end of 2008, which resulted in an and evolving use of computers and image editing software across all stages of production. Now back in Auckland, this use of computers continues to develop and entire sections of photographs and other artworks are being utilised. This combined with a further evolutionary reinterpretation of composition and

This book is therefore a record of this period between 2008 and now, with a particular emphasis on more recent work. It does not include everything I made during this time, but is instead intended to provide a simple, concise chronological presentation of how my painting has developed.

Marc Blake, Auckland, July 2012


March 21 2008

March 21 2008

March 22 2008


Picnic on the Grass (2008) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 59 x 90cm


Everything Ever After (2008) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. Diptych, each panel 120cm x 120cm [detail]


Everything I’ve Ever Known (2009) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. Diptych, each panel 120 x 120cm [detail]


Forever/Now (2009) Acrylic, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 50 x 53cm


Fleeting (2009) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 60 x 60cm


Fucking Paradise (2010) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 60 x 60cm


Future Progressive (2010) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 45.5 x 38.5cm


Re:Generations (2010) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 73.5 x 73.5cm


ECHELON (2010) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 46 x 75cm


Everything I Can Do to Remember (2011) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 120 x 120cm


Status Update (2011) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink, gel ink UVLS varnish on board. 30 x 23cm


Future Fund (2011) Water-soluble oil, acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. Tetraptych, overall size 159 x 280cm


Prodigy (2011) Acrylic, water-soluble oil, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 60 x 60cm


iRemember (2011) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 120 x 80cm


After Hokusai (2011) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 120 x 80cm


After the Fall (2011) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 80 x 95.5cm


A World Away (2011) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 80 x 95.5cm


100 Years Later (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. Diptych, overall size160 x 144cm


A Deeper Understanding of Time (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. Diptych, overall size 160 x 144cm


Form and Emptiness (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 107 x 101.5cm


At the Same Exact Moment (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink, 24k gold and UVLS varnish on board. 107 x 101.5cm


Relativity (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil, pigment ink and UVLS varnish on board. 80 x 95.5cm


South (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 80 x 95cm


Just Us (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 80 x 95.5cm


Austerity Measures (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 80 x 95.5cm


Space (2012) Acrylic, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 45 x 36cm

Time (2012) Acrylic, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 45 x 36cm


Untitled (Waterfall) (2012) Acrylic, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 50 x 40cm


Modern Love (2012) Acrylic, graphite, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. Triptych; 168 x 307cm


Offworld (2012) Acrylic, colour pencil and UVLS varnish on board. 115 x 152cm


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Copyright Marc Blake 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be copied or reproduced without permission from the author.

Marc Blake paintings 2008 - 2012  

Key paintings from 2008 - 2012, with an emphasis on recent work.

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