Classical Abstraction by Addison Paige
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.
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.