I Tried to Climb the Ladder" (but it was an Illusion) Life has changed - but Art continues
In describing this new work, Paton explains that there are several themes emerging from the Primitive Series, and this work, in particular, explores the emotional state of the Artist in uncertain times. The work also reveals the abstract structures and intangible qualities inherent to the materials used to construct the piece.
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A new body of work by Jason McDonald. Drawing on his recent botanical photographic study of Southeast Asia, these works embody the natural beauty of Singapore and the uniquely evolved structure of its society.
ARTIST BIO: Jason McDonald is an enigmatic abstract photographer and painter whose approach to experimentation and abstract expressionism brings a fresh perspective to accessible contemporary art.
A self-taught photographer and painter, McDonald has a natural gift for composition and perspective that belies his young age. New to the art world, his public persona is reserved, and he carefully monitors the boundary between his personal and private life as he develops his artistic talent further.
Since the early 2000s, McDonald has been finding and revealing the unseen abstractions that surround us in everyday life. His sophisticated abstract photographs capture precise compositions of nature, architecture, and various other aspects of the contemporary physical world. In contrast, his abstract expressionist paintings isolate hidden feelings about society, the city streets, and the new culture that awaits us.
McDonald's photographic work is grounded in an investigation of abstract painting through familiar images, including stark black and white patterns, shapes found in nature, and particularly words are manipulated and used to inspire the resulting piece.
His abstract landscapes startle the eye with their brilliance and shimmer, as they illustrate the ethereal abstraction evident in passing moments of the built environment.
ARTIST BIO: An art maker for almost two decades, although initially trained in computer science with a successful career as a technologist and architect. Raised by British parents, having lived and worked in Europe, the US, and Asia, he studied with the Julian Ashton Art School at the Rocks Sydney, one of the most influential art schools in Australia.
Primarily based in Singapore, he is considered a purist painter with a foundation in traditional, classical art techniques. Still, he chooses to work in a highly abstracted manner across the mediums of encaustic painting, drawing, photography, new, and mixed media.
An artist that takes great joy in creating impactful visual compositions, with a sustained interest in form and color, his work draws upon the traditional techniques of painting, in particular minimalism and abstract expressionism, but is also influenced by contemporary design, social commentary, and above all, the emotional impact of music. The resulting approach is resolutely contemporary in both method and conception. Using color as a vehicle, his work triggers emotional responses through both sophisticated and playful palettes.
His predominantly abstract works are the outcome of intensive and methodical, planned preparation – the canvases are worked on, set aside, scraped clean, and worked on again. Typically taking weeks to prepare a single "eggshell" canvas, the finished work can be composed of upwards of thirty layers of paint and handcrafted experimental mediums, meticulously tested for their archival properties.
Paton works in a series of interlinked yet often autonomous works, in which a dialogue is established between repetition and variations in color and form. Although his paintings might appear to depict something 'real'—a familiar form, for example—there is, in fact, no 'original'.