30 x 30 inches
mixed media and acrylic paint on canvas
This square abstract expressionist painting was created by Hudson Valley based artist, Ragellah Rourke in 2017. This most recent body of work focuses on relationships between color and space. A whimsical mixture of forest green and sage green provides a base for splattered and dripped details of warm sienna, dark green, white & gold. Gestural strokes of paint are applied in layers, creating a slightly textured surface. 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.