amy mattingley

Amy Mattingley

It sure is. Its like taking a big bite out of something and getting sensual pleasure from it. I am rarely attracted to abstract art, because I personally demand a certain level of understanding visually before being able to put my own interpretation into a piece of artwork. As Picasso says though, the human brain is interesting, in the sense that a depiction of purely a black circle with 5 lines placed anywhere on the canvas somehow constructs a visual interpretation of a violin or a guitar automatically in our brains; and I enjoy that sort of abstraction. This artist though, is a graduate with a BA hons in Illustration from the University of West England- Bristol. Is it not interesting, seeing the genre of illustration, of what was rooted with the definition of a “pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text” coming to take form in something so abstract but vivid in translating what the artist hopes to deliver? Blobs of black and red, and seldom other colors somehow comes to project human beings, faces, and a story within our minds. The act is in no way accidental, but it looks so loose making us wonder if its all just a coincidence. So relaxing to look at, yet gives the audience enough hints to create their own imagination. Watered down acrylic, with ink coming in at times, her works cross borders fine art and illustrative design. Direct, easy to engulf, embossing to the mind though; a lovely stem off from other illustrators around.

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