Michael Lownie, Artist’s Statement:
The challenge of developing visual vocabulary through abstract images gives me purpose, creative direction and strength of spirit. It’s an innate sense of abstract relationships which I employ to take the viewer to both somewhere new and somewhere in the subconscious at the same time.
My love of color, which has been a life long passion is nurtured in airy atmospheres contrasted by graphic elements. A strong influence is evident in the works of minimalism and the colorfield painters. I morph some of these qualities into a new generation of explorative works with personal vision and sensitivity.
The visual textures provided by a variety of spray methods suggest molecules and atmospheres, while portal inspired elements bring my feet back on the ground.
I am seeking a quiet strength which transcends the everyday, honoring the peace and thoughtful clarity of my inspirations.
Working with multi-layered transparent sprays and washes I create unfamiliar and sometimes ambiguous atmospheres to explore. An approach that I employ in my work is the restrained layering of thin transparencies, which gives the canvas a smooth finish, and highlights the abstract imagery.
The recent addition of silver and copper leaf has added a dimension in light play, as tones change from different vantage points.
Copper Colorfield 2; copper and silver leaf on 12" diameter globe 2010