We all carry images within us that randomly catch our eye as we experience things by chance. Uncovering these casually noticed images is the subject of my work. I often start with photos taken “by chance”, which I transfer using analog and digital methods into color and contrast compositions – this not only strengthens reality, it also puts it into perspective, expressing both anonymity and subjectivity.
The multipurposeness of paper and the dilution of colors also play an important role in my work. For example, using gravure printing with photopolymer plates enhances the statement of each image, making the images irritating and – as consequence of the haptic presence of the subject – more lively and personal, but also very vulnerable
Acrylic on canvas,
approx 70 x 100 cm... A study that I did last evening at school. Basis was the painting I did yesterday, with the idea to find out the level of abstraction that keeps a bus as bus...
After a wonderful
long weekend in Milan back to the drawing board… Another gouache on paper, 50 x
70 cm… I was experimenting with the background and trying to make a quite detailed
surface more atmospheric. Quite challenging with dense gouache and layers that
are not treated with fixative… still a long route to go what makes such experiments
Is my working with charcoal and ink influencing the one I do with colors? The first 4 above are done in charcoal, while for the other 2 I did in ink (with a brush)... the smaller in 50 x 70cm, the larger in 70 x 100 cm
Followed the route I started earlier this week, by combining my most recent painting (in gouache, approx 100 x 120cm) with a photo I once did, to "test" the level of abstractions necessary to express the view having in mind...
Spent again wonderful days in Leipzig where my gravures are currently printed in the underground of the Spinnerei... You can find the whole serie on my homepage under http://www.thomaswidmer.com/gravures.html