Virginia Leonard‘s paintings are, like much of the work I’ve posted up on this site, a riot of colours, swirling masses of paint, a mix of gouache, acrylic and resin on canvas. Her primary interest lies in the relationships between form and the illumination of resin. Here’s what she says about her work:
Paint is laid on paint, mark is laid on mark. The subject becomes less important as the painting progresses. Often the sheer thickness of the paint, between the small valleys and crags of paint add to the paradox of realised space.Sometimes the subject is formed by the drama of colour – forms caught up in the method of paint laid upon paint.
Often in the painting I invent visual ideas and images that are summoned up by the automatic gesture, where the marks have no specific reference purpose. It is a play of mind and imagination.
I must have a predilection for colourful, expressionistic, abstract work. Perhaps its the vividness and the fact that the work allows me space to think, get lost in.