Approved: 12.01.2012

Paul O'Brien

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Approved: 12.01.2012

My passion is combining acrylic with text-based collage. I was first inspired to use typography in my work because it creates such fine detail. Having worked in graphic design I felt comfortable with the relationship between collage and paint. Early works had too much of a graphic feel and it became important for me to seek a deeper quality within my painting.
I have resisted the temptation to use

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  • Location: Sevenoaks, South East
  • Artforms: Mixed media
  • Tags: abstact, collage, painting, political, urban, abstract, riots, architecture, equality, power, the shard, king, luxury, monarchy, queen
 

Artist Statement

My passion is combining acrylic with text-based collage. I was first inspired to use typography in my work because it creates such fine detail. Having worked in graphic design I felt comfortable with the relationship between collage and paint. Early works had too much of a graphic feel and it became important for me to seek a deeper quality within my painting. I have resisted the temptation to use headlines in my work, as small print creates a fine mesh, which adds to the work, whereas large text can be distracting. This approach may change as my work evolves and I tread a finer line between art and design. Balancing the opacity of paint has become as important to me as mixing colour, as transparency is vital for the text to show through. I play with this balance until I am satisfied that I have successfully communicated the underlying message of the piece. The inspiration for my work often comes from an article I have read or simply the beauty of the text itself, with reoccurring themes of communication, society and decay. Each painting has its own back-story and I like to think that every painting is a new interpretation of the original article. Communication through structure rather than language is where I am currently focusing my attention and my recent sketches are reflecting more architectural forms. I am very much looking forward to taking this further in larger paintings.

CV & Education

Group exhibitions 2011 - Akabeko project, Tokyo and Yokahama, Japan 2011 - Local Artists, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent 2011 - Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London