Artist of the Week- Sheila Macauley
What is art in the age of the computer? Do the endlessly reproduced images of the internet age kill off artistic endeavour? Or is technology merely a replacement for the traditional paintbrush and pallet? Sheila Macauley creates one-off artworks using digital technology in a unique and striking way. She creates computer age fairy tales and abstractions, by linking colour and form in a way that captures both harmony and energy. By balancing all elements of the composition she creates works that are full of life and pleasing to the eye. Her subjects are traditional in art history, but her method of producing them is thoroughly modern. Digital techniques have opened up a number of possibilities for contemporary artists, and Sheila Macauley provides a great example of the effects it is possible to create.
Her work often borders pure abstraction, with emphasis placed on the mood or feeling within the piece, rather than the physical forms it seeks to replicate. In these works the atmosphere is one of sweeping unpredictability and it is captured with skill. Psychedelic shapes breathe with the rhythm of a dancing couple or ripples on the surface of a pond. This reflective feeling show how stillness and chaos interlock with bright, bold colours. Entire planets and worlds are shown in deep reds and purples, with the colour seeming to take on a life of its own.
When she chooses to represent forms and shapes from the physical world she shows them through a child’s eyes. Whether it is the fairy tale castle of Camelot, or a simple abode, she shows the image in the way a child would see it; full of wonder and possibility. Her pictures of butterflies show them floating against an eternal black abyss, while her flower artworks are theatrical and alive. Colourful, creative backgrounds work to emphasise the artwork and create the overall effect of the piece. Digital art may well be the future, and at LondonArt we are proud to show you this example of the technique.