Ian McCaughrean's seductive paintings depict a world of abundant colour, consumer goods and social freedom. "Prototypical architectural forms cut through the scene. The project of modernism has been fulfilled and looks dazzling." Says Ian McCaughrean
Initially using printmaking to help him expand and develop his imagery, McCaughrean uses silk screen to transfer a primary image directly onto the canvas. This image then acts as a blueprint for the painting, and allows the work to arise as the consequence of decisions and actions taken from this visual marker. By then using a combination of computer programs, masking tape and acrylic paint McCaughrean uses the language of Neoplasticism, a style of abstract painting as found in the work of Piet Mondrian, b.1872- d.1944 the Dutch abstract painter famous for his drawings of cubes and lines.
Neoplasticism allowed only the depiction of flat surfaces, straight lines, and right angles in artworks, and predominantly used grey, white and the primary colours to do so. Using this purely abstract and to some extent formulaic process of creating imagery, Ian McCaughrean then combines an intuitive range of collage techniques to the work. In its saturation and flatness the paint alludes to the effect of commercial printing processes - drawing attention to the surface and reinforcing the abstract qualities.
In the same vain, the pictorial component as depicted by the central figurative picture, juxtaposed and surrounded by pure geometric abstract structure, highlights and explores the very nature of the aesthetic, ideal and associated theory. With these paintings the artist continues to explore the tension between pure abstraction and pictorial representation.
"The unrealized spaces of visionary modernist architecture set the boundaries of an anaesthetized environment of sated needs and spiritual blankness." Says Ian McCaughrean
Ian McCaughrean was born in Plymouth, England, in 1963 and now lives and works in South London. After studying a degree in Graphic Design at Maidstone College of Art he then went on to study an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. Ian McCaughrean RCA has been painting for over twenty five years and has taken part in many group and solo exhibitions. McCaughrean has works in private and public collections across the UK and abroad.
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