Brooke Moyse’s paintings are a wonderful example of how an offhanded approach to mark making can create a sensual abstract landscape when juxtaposed with a sophisticate palette and an intelligent sense of composition.
This approach to painting has come to be labelled as New Casualism, a 21st Century idea that has grown out of a rejection for the dogmatic structures of 20th Century art movements and turned in on itself, the pictures a meta approach to art, a re-appropriation of art history and style in order to find a new way of looking, of examining a world in which the visual image is omnipresent and dominated by technology.
These abstract pictures are loose, organic even, the brushstrokes hurried and energetic, the colours vivid and bold, while each composition is geometric and strong as if Moyse is encouraging us to look, to see clearly, without subtlety, each work alluding to architecture, nature, and film, marking light and space through a casual and straight-forward gesture.
They are beautiful pictures to indulge in, remind us that abstract painting is still relevant in a world of instant images and gratification. Here’s what she has to say about her work:
I am interested in the way in which religion and spirituality have been key motivators or filters for art throughout history, and my artistic practice becomes a way to bring different movements and time periods into the present. I take on various artists or art historical movements, engaging in conversations with them through my work. At times it starts to feel like a performance of art making in which I am trying on different methodologies and then translating them into my own language. Mostly though, I am looking, anticipating, and scraping together an environment through my work, that is simultaneously funny, serious, poetic, and without boundaries.