The reference material for Vuuren's recent series of paintings is gleaned from various sources including fashion magazines, popular culture, social media, personal images and art history. For this series of work, he began each canvas with a monochromatic base image as a means to ground the painting in the viewer’s eye, creating moments of recognition. He then began to add painterly abstract intrusions, lines, splashes of paint and glazes of colour as well as using non-traditional mediums such as markers and spray-paint. Vuuren calls these painterly interventions ‘charged fragments’ and seeks to make unpredictable and new arrangements using these visual devices with the intention of creating visual discord together with the underlying image.
"These images are less about narrative or identity and more about image construction. While I am always thinking about popular culture, consumerism and excess when selecting images to paint, what I find most important is that I create an image that appeals to me" - Nathan Vuuren