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Classical Abstraction by Addison Paige

An abstract painting with swirling charcoal linesNot My Circus, Not My Monkeys, acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Addison Paige, our featured artist for today, creates wild abstract paintings using scribbled line-art combined with large abstract blocks of colour. There is something about these paintings that is very reminiscent of classical abstraction, perhaps influenced by the work of Kandinsky, or of artists such as Cy Twombly.

An abstract painting with blue tones and charcoal linesProgress of Rain, acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Screen capture of Addison Paige's painting websiteAddison's website

On Addison’s website, the artist accompanies each painting with a description, and a short meditation on the inspiration and process of creating the work. I find this bit of insight really adds to the viewing experience, online especially. The use of hard lines with softer painted marks is really neat in Addison’s paintings. The swirling lines are dark black, but always seems softened by their painted environments, just enough that the piece becomes cohesive rather than jarring.


In her artist’s statement, Addison discusses her love for aged textures of old buildings, or of rust on cars, and the way nature overtakes man-made structures. I can see the way these paintings echo this, both with the technical juxtaposition, as well as the nicely worn and lightly coloured layers of paint.


A small abstract painting with acrylic paint and charcoalWill Change, acrylic and charcoal on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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