60 x 48 inches
mixed media and plaster on wood panel
This contemporary, large vertical 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 true blue and white provides a base for dripped and splattered details of lapis, sky blue, and subtle hues of rose, green, and raw sienna. Gestural washes of paint applied to the textured layers of plaster reveal preexisting marks and scratches made with the artist's palette knife. This vertical painting is made on sturdy wood panel with wire backing for quick installation. The sides are painted a simple 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.