47 x 47 inches
mixed media and plaster on wood panel
This contemporary, abstract expressionist & symbolist style painting was created by Hudson Valley based artist, Ragellah Rourke in 2016. This most recent body of work focuses on relationships between color and space. A whimsical mixture of black, white, and gold provides a base for subtle details of turquoise, teal and cream colored acrylic paint. Gestural brushstrokes of painting are applied to a thin surface of textured plaster. Black paint is used liberally, creating a beautiful dripping effect. Pops of gold detail the surface and give a tasteful hint of metallic glimmer. The painting can be left unframed as the sides are painted grey.
My paintings are very textural and built up slowly over long periods of time. Plaster is first applied to the surface of the painting. The plastered surface allows me to work in a way that suits my search and discovery approach. I draw, scratch, sand, and incise into the plaster .The surface holds the memory of the painting’s development, all the time looking for clues for what will come next. Transparent, watery, washes of paint are applied over parts of the surface, exposing or covering the preexisting marks and textures. I look for connections between the forms that develop. They are never something that I logically calculate, but rather a long string of chances, thoughts, and guesses. The appearance and meaning develop throughout the progression of the painting. It is a continuous search for resolution, balance and mystery within the painting.