The ‘Sea and Sky’ monotypes evolved from Wayne Viney's earlier body of work, ‘Southern Ocean’. In the ‘Sea and Sky’ monotype works, Wayne has introduced a thin colour band into the composition to represent the sea, creating a more interesting dynamic.
The ‘Sea and Sky’ monotypes evolved from an earlier body of work called ‘Southern Ocean’. In the ‘Sea and Sky’ works, I have introduced a thin colour band into the composition which represents the sea, and creates a more interesting dynamic.
This series continues my practice of simplifying the landscape, working within a simple geometric format to explore the nuances of colour. I am seeking to find a balance between figuration and abstraction, tension and realisation, light and darkness.
The work is about the sea and the sky, the place where the sky and land, and land and water converge. It is essentially non-representational. The ambiguity of the subject matter hopefully allows the viewer to experience the image at a deep intuitive level.
The simplicity of the composition belies the complex technique required for these monotypes. To ensure the evenness of pigment across the surface of the image several applications of ink are applied with brushes and rollers, the print going through the press up to six times to ensure the constancy of tones.
Monotype is my preferred medium; the interplay between ink and paper, the rich painterly effects it offers, together with the element of chance, result in a work that looks like no other.