TAKING ON THE WALL
The art of Peter Adsett
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3 years ago
It is risky business for an abstract painter to adopt colour, since it carries so much figurative and symbolic allusion, but Peter Adsett avoids this. His near-black and off-white partake of one another, producing a softer, warmer tonal contrast, which never falls into the optical illusion effect that can occur with alternating pure black and white. The tones are the result of a deliberate, laborious, mechanical technique. He works kneeling on the floor, layering paint in thin washes. The surface produced is unlike that of traditional easel painting: it is smooth, uninflected by brushstrokes, but has substance and weight (even the white!). It cannot be confused with a wall, however, because the studio debris and brush hair trapped in the paint remain, - a visible testament to the horizontal matrix of the creation. Taking on the Wall: The art of Peter Adsett © 2014 Artist: Peter Adsett Author: Mary Alice Lee Design: Matt Nache Published in 2014 by PAULNACHE Publishing Images and text
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