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Interactions of Color and Texture: Art by Radhika Matthews

A painting made with acrylic and sari fabricNamaskārām, acrylic and silk on linen

Radhika Matthews uses interactions of color and texture to explore the material nature of artworks, and her own ancestry. Radhika’s mixed media works are often composed using fabric from saris that have been worn by women in her family.

A painting with a raised pattern textureUNTITLED #8, acrylic on wood panel

Radhika’s artworks take the form of abstract paintings that, at a closer glance, are made up of not just strokes of vibrant color, but also more subtle, textured patterns. What looks like planes of painted color turn out to be scraps of delicate fabric, stuck to the canvas over layers of acrylic paint. I really enjoy this technique, as it adds an element of surprise to the painting and keeps the viewer enthralled.


A screen capture of Radhika Matthews' art


In our last feature of Radhika Matthew’s work we also discussed the nature of the painted marks on the artist’s canvases, and the way they look to be created with instruments besides a simple brush. The surprising nature of the artist’s process means her finished canvases become objects in their own right, celebrating the patterns and moods attached to beloved garments. 


An abstract painting composed of warm tones of orange and redVarnishingtheTruth

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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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