Shelton Walsmith | United States



60" x 60"


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    Art Description:

    Science Is from an ongoing series of large scale paintings on canvas based on small scale collages on paper called Pri-Merrrily Up-Stream. They are designed to mimic the cut and paste nature of papier colle. The Pri-Merrrily Up-Stream paintings are intended to challenge rather please the viewer. The color schemes are somewhat garish or off-putting and the compositions are nonsensical. I quote from collage the formal quality of pastiche; I don’t hide or deny the seams that uneasily fit together instead I exaggerate the unwilling integration of disparate parts. In this tension I hope to sustain the restless life of the painting. Science is defined as “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” The Pri-Merrrily Up-Stream sequence speak to the history of Dadaist absurdity and to the Surrealist’s exercise known as the Exquisite Corpse wherein a collection of words or image fragments are assembled collectively resulting in illogical disparities of flat vs. volumetric, shallow vs. deep and harmonious vs. dissonant.

    Medium Used: Oil and Latex on Canvas

    Shelton Walsmith | United States

    A body of work should not be a cadaver evidencing life that was but rather the flash-point for life which ignites anew on each renewed encounter.