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 defined in these narrative pieces, with a hint of childish whimsy peaking through the layers.
The process begins by looking through eyes that see beauty in places that might be overlooked. Discarded objects, graffiti covered walls, torn and partially covered posters are just some of the places David may find inspiration. The “Urban Visual Cacophony” saturates ALL senses.
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.
Hand made original prints, cut, cropped, assembled and mounted to birch panels.