A quick value study

So my plan to upload new stuff here regularly failed massively. Forgive me, but so many things are happening, that making the time to upload imagery of my work is usually the first thing that gets neglected. One thing you can be sure of is that it’s not because I’m not being creative. My path as a painter is widening. I’ve been into hand lettering all summer, making some digital and traditional lettering pieces. I’ve been making some graphic designs as well and I’ve found that typography can add to an image when applied properly. There is a lot to experiment on still and I’m curious to see if I can add it to painting without “degrading” my work from fine art to “merely design”. In fact, it’s a discussion that I’d like to have with you. What do you think? Is it impossible to have typography in a fine art painting? Is a painting doomed to receive a “design” stamp because typography is added? Is design worth less than fine art? Why? Why not?

In the mean time, here’s a quick study of a plastercast I painted in september.


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3 comments for “A quick value study

  1. 11 November 2015 at 13:12

    Hey Johan, nice to see you updating πŸ™‚ and I do completely ‘get’ the whole thing of being creative but not having time to post… I really like your study in values – and I do like how monochromatic ‘blue/grey’ can be both peaceful and dramatic at the same time.

    I also looked at your typographic work – you have been busy and going ahead leaps and bounds. Great to see! πŸ™‚ The image you posted with ‘Fatigue is my best friend’ (good post and most relatable) made me think of another swimming related tagline: “Breathing is overrated” – usually on t-shirt with a shark grinning πŸ˜‰

    Your thoughts about typography and painting. are interesting, truly πŸ™‚ While I’m known to stumble with words, I absolutely do think that they play a vital role in some artworks – if you haven’t seen the work of Imants Tillers, google his name and you’ll find plenty of examples πŸ™‚

    Take care πŸ™‚

    • 11 November 2015 at 19:27

      Hey Annette.
      I finished up another blue piece yesterday. It’s not an alla prima but a layered piece. I’ll try to post it soon as I think I’m getting somewhere with it. Soon as in within the next few weeks πŸ˜‰
      Everything we use in art serves the message we’re trying to communicate and blue/grey can sometimes be very efficient β€”direct, if you will. I like that. I remember you also use blue efficiently.

      Typography, not sure where it will lead me at the moment, but that’s not really important to be honest. The fact that it’s interesting to try things with it is what matters. If eventually I don’t feel it helps me express my thoughts and feelings in painting I may very well leave it for what it is, who knows.
      Thanks for introducing me to Tillers. As it seems, he’s not the only artist using typography in his work. I Found people like Stefan Bruggemann, who’s work predominantly exists of typography. Then there is Richard J. Evans, who created some beautiful sculptures called “Information Leak (part 1 and 2)“, George Brecht, Robert Indiana, and so on. So apparently, using typography does not necessarily mean the work becomes design, rather than fine art. I tend to agree with that. If the work requires typography in order to efficiently invoke some form of connection between viewer and artist/artwork, then so be it.
      I will try not to let these known artists lead me the way to using typography though. Seeing too many of these things that have already been done is not what I want right now.
      I have to admit though, I’m excited! πŸ˜€

      Thanks for visiting, Annette!
      Keep well.

  2. 1 January 2016 at 17:21

    So sorry Johan, I missed your reply here (must make sure to tick the boxes) – I’m glad you enjoyed finding Tillers – I just looked at some of both Bruggermann and Evans’ works, which I hadn’t seen before, thank you :). The fine art vs craft vs design debate can do anyone’s head in on the best of days – When your art is genuine and honest (and I believe yours is), the ‘label’ as such, doesn’t really matter – and for those of us who like more than one form of expression: *happy shrug*
    All the best – glad you’re excited! looking forward to more of your updates πŸ™‚

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