‘Bird on a Branch’.
19 x 24 cm. Oil on Canvas Board.
Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright makes his paintings instinctively and looks for them to fizz as both luscious and decrepit, to feel epic and frail, beautiful and grotesque. His paintings explore rapturous, dark and hallucinogenic spaces yet reveal ambiguity. Aesthetically they need to be intense, sparkling and jewel-like. He works straight onto the canvas employing an automatic drawing technique, exploring intricate and gestural line through automatism. Once a fresh image is formed he’ll build up the painting with layers of thin washes, glazes and passages of painterly excess.