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Textured, Abstracted Mark-Making: Art by Gordon Sellen

A painting with a textured blue panelCool Blue

Gordon Sellen is a Canadian artist who paints using an interesting stylistic combo of textured, abstracted mark-making and monochromatic planes. Gordon’s previous experience as a glass artist seems to come through in his paintings, with milky colors and patterns blending together as they might in a blown glass object.


An abstract painting with two monochromatic shapesElegant


I enjoy the way Gordon is able to fit explorations of texture and pattern into works that sit closely with minimalism in terms of overall composition. The surface of a canvas is often divided into two or more apparently separate planes, each of which plays host to a different set of brush marks, colors and textural elements. In any given painting, separate sections seem to interact but keep an identity that is distinct. The resulting paintings are dynamic, and though abstract seem to express a certain tension or story.


A screen capture of Gordon Sellen's art


Gordon’s Interference series is one that I’m particularly fond of. Using shades of blue and earthy neutral tones, the artist’s works in this series look very much inspired by the works of Mark Rothko.


A painting with two large planes of colorHorizon Line

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

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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