JUSTIN MORTIMER: BURNING COLOR SO HOT
Justin’s new show opens in 10 days at Parafin UK (30 March – 20 May 2017) and his gallery has put together a terrific PDF you may download here the photoshop collages he creates as his working references.
If you know Justin’s work, then you are aware the final paintings may be quite different as he “edits” them as he paints. Nonetheless, this is a window into the working methods of one of the more interesting contemporary British oil painters. His collages all have an underlying grid system which aids him in transferring the work to very large canvases. This accuracy-measurement system was popular at the Slade School of Art going back to Euan Uglow and William Coldstream.
Image on Header: Study for 'It Is Here', 2016
From the Gallery:
For each of his paintings Justin Mortimer makes as many as forty Photoshop collages. As each painting develops through successive iterations of its source material, Mortimer follows certain possibilities and rejects others, constantly returning to and refining, introducing new motifs and culling elements that are extraneous.
Working in this way Mortimer has built up a vast reservoir of imagery over time, a visual compendium that reflects his obsessions and his very particular and idiosyncratic view of our times.
Study for 'It Is Here' is one of a series of seven limited edition prints produced to coincide with the first exhibition of Mortimer's collages – 'while the worst' – at The Factory, London, 13 January – 3 February 2017. Please see below for details of the other editions in the series.
Study for 'It Is Here', 2016
Giclée print on archival Somerset Enhanced paper
Signed and numbered to front
84.1 × 59.4 cm
Edition of 100