In these paintings, layers of wax are painstakingly piled on top of acrylic washes, oil, and spray paints. Surface depth accumulates by weaving organic and geometric shapes, rendered in positive and negative form, through different levels. The final result is a thin sculpture with fragments of
long-forgotten messages resonating through.
In these paintings, David explores the limits of the encaustic medium while balancing non-representational image and abstract space. His lyrical and constructivist approach engages delicate line-work, hard-edge geometric forms and graceful organic shapes. He works in successive layers of applied wax in a potentially endless process of revision and discovery. His colour palette uses cool pastels, warm earth tones and lamp blacks to articulate a hierarchical relationship between fore and aft. Urban culture is a dominant theme, with a hint of childish whimsy peaking through the layers.
Encaustic monotypes are one-of-a-kind non-repeatable prints. It is an elegant process where pigmented wax is melted on a heated metal surface and then transferred to a sheet of paper. No printing press is required just wax, heat, paper and gentle hand pressure. These four variables allow endless and unpredictable results. The compositions evolve by adding and subtracting elements to create a sense of movement while balancing the tension between chaos and order. The final results combine the directness and immediacy of traditional printmaking with the richness and luminosity of the encaustic medium.
By folding printed paper into these rhythmical and repetitive sculptures David is able to animate and add a new dimension to flat encaustic monotypes. The undulating angles and geometric forms twist and bend the printed patterns while moving the viewer’s eye back and forth, up and down, in and out.
By cutting up and reassembling these one of a kind handmade prints David transforms and adds new life to his Encaustic Monotypes. The geometric shapes draw your eyes in and around the meticulously crafted compositions.