In most cases, looking at a painting is like looking at a snapshot of a particular moment. But not for Eric Pause; the Ontario-based artist tries to capture as many moments as possible in his striking figurative paintings. Similar to Italian Futurists – who wanted to synthesize time, place and form – his work conveys movement and time through overlapping abstract forms.
“The general theme of my paintings is a combination of human experience and the passage of time,” Pause explains to My Modern Met. “I’m not starting with an idea of what the finished painting will look like. I tend to start with an idea of what kind of emotion or story I want the finished painting to convey, and go from there. Whether it’s love, anxiety, boredom, euphoria, etc. We all know what they’re feeling, and the point is to try and describe those feelings using body language. Hopefully evoke personal memories in the viewer, rather than letting the painting dictate a specific narrative. “
Using an array of geometric shapes, Pause makes figures both active and passive, usually at the same time. Its limited color palette of blues, oranges and white emphasizes the fragmentation of the composition and creates cohesion between the different acrylic paints. “I’m going to develop a few main pieces for the picture and then work to combine them in a way that works for me – there are a lot of shapes, lines and tones changing until it clicks into place. place, “he continues. “Kind of like one of those slide puzzles or a Rubik’s cube.”
You can purchase limited edition silkscreens of Pause’s work through her website, and keep up to date with her latest designs by following the artist on Instagram.
Ontario artist Eric Pause creates striking figurative paintings using geometric abstraction.
He tries to render the time that passes through these fragmented compositions.
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