Benjamin Parks

Artist Statement

The style in which I approach my work is a bit of a contradiction. I have a very specific rigid process/framework that i work in. I start with sketches, digital images, as well as extensive pre-production work. The transfer process of getting the work to canvas starts with hand-drawn chunks of shape within a gridded system. This allows for small imperfections while striving for accuracy. The first step is determing the value of the painting using a monochromatic underpainting of complementary color. Then I add overlaying layers of paint on top of the underpainting, applying the paint somewhat haphazardly within each pre-defined shape., applying and refining the value and shape. Each step is a deconstruction followed by a construction.


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