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Colourful, Swirling Abstracts by Luis Pagan

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Our featured artist today is Luis Pagan. Luis uses an innovative technique to create his colourful, swirling abstracts – house paint poured through a kitchen strainer. The result is paintings that are at once reminiscent of aerial landscapes, photos of outer space, or chemicals under a microscope. 


Luis’ work focuses very much on the behavior of the medium itself. His portfolio is partially organized by the material that was used as the surface in each experiment, and it makes it wonderfully easy to see the different variations that translate into the images themselves. Obviously aware of the wonderfully spacey nature of his finished paintings, Luis has a full gallery of “Planetary Classes,” – all paintings on round surfaces to emphasize the way the colliding hues echo the atmospheric colours of distant planets.


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The time it takes for the paint to dry is also a part of Luis’ process, as the paint migrates across the surface more and more slowly until it finally freezes into a set image – it’s as if the painting itself gets to decide its final form.


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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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