21 November 2011

Ann Bridges

Feathers 1

Ann Bridges is an artist I greatly admire, who creates stunning images combining painting and stencil based printmaking processes.
Inks are applied directly to the surface and layered onto the picture using small handheld rollers, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. Some ink is carefully removed and by drawing into the ink she reveals a depth and richness that results in a stunning outcome. Her beautiful work is exhibited internationally.

She has worked a lot with collections, which is what I'll be focussing on.

Her categorisation is easy to distinguish: collections are grouped into shapes (round, triangular), colours (black, white), or simply by types of items (buttons, for example).
This method of universal classification is extremely accessible and the subject is consequently admirable for aesthetic purposes.

These two examples are among my favourite drawings of hers; I love the painstaking attention to detail and the slightly stylised, illustrative properties within. The composition is well-considered and carefully executed, and complimentary hues produce a beautiful harmony and balance.