Has the lexicon of abstract painting reached a visual familiarity?
For the new body of work I chose to ‘look back to move forward’.
To escape the bubble of an established paint vernacular I decided to head in the opposite direction to the finished piece of artwork and look at the very beginning of inspiration, then beyond, to the very spark within that inspiration.
In this invisible world of a more primal notion I found symbol and simplicity at the core and color to be elemental rather than primary, secondary or tertiary.
These ‘abstract-graphic’ paintings, much like the art of ancient cultures, have knowing cerebral intent and a naturalistic aesthetic but at their core they are utilitarian. I disregarded mindful
‘painterly-ness’ and its counterpart of egotistically-driven self-control and tried for somewhere in-between.
I began by steering clear of paint completely and placing fabric symbols hand-stitched into the canvas with an everyday but beautiful denim.
This layering of graphic image as a backdrop for abstract language brings the mind into a multi-dimensional experience where known symbols merge with the not yet known; color suggestion and subtle constructions of intentionally manifested painting. This allows the viewer to experience several conscious planes simultaneously, much like all three lights of a traffic signal being lit at once, producing a question in the viewer, a due hesitancy, allowing for the minds aperture to open to a wider bandwidth and receive a more profound and rounded visual experience.
The art will have a strong psychosomatic effect upon the viewer, exciting change at their physical and more subtle, energetic levels.
The dialogue between the picture and its viewership is a powerful cocktail that some will consider snake oil and others a real deal.
About Philip Mount
Mount was professionally trained at St. Helens College of Art and Design and Bath College of Higher Education. In 1996, he was selected to be the first artist in residence at the Palace of Westminster since JMW Turner’s appointment in 1834. He served there for six years. He is a frequent recipient of government and public commissions and has exhibited throughout the UK, New York and Los Angeles. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide, and he has received many commissions for high-end designers and developers. In 2009, Mount served as the British art representative to the inauguration of the new embassy in Madrid, and created two substantial artworks for the Government Art Collection. He has also created his own unique charitable events, combining the creative process with responsibility. Mount currently lives and works in Los Angeles.