Kip's semi-abstract oil painting, Flight of Fancy, is fascinatingly ambivalent. Encouraged by the name and viewed from afar, a flame-coloured figure apparently emerges from the canvas, with arms spread as if about to take flight – possibly Icarus. But look again, and moving closer, the composition becomes clearer: the one figure actually comprises two more conciliatory figures, emotionally and physically linked, their arms free behind them expressing perhaps, not flight, but ecstasy. The surface of the work is correspondingly fluid, the paint appears to run in descriptive rivulets down the canvas.
Describing his art, Kip explains,`I do not wish to stand still for too long… I will often flit between styles and genres, it helps me from becoming too safe and pushes me forward’. It is the creative process that excites him, pushing and pulling the paint around the canvas, laying down layers of paint then stripping them back again, seeing what develops. Primarily he works from sketches and photographs, but he does not let the colours in these images dictate to him, preferring to experiment. He enjoys producing gestural brush strokes, scrapes, lines and textures and constantly looks out for new ideas and colour combinations.
`When you look at my work I want you to get close up, stick your face into the painting and be part of the work by exploring each brush mark, scrape or drip’.
Kip Kavallares is a self-taught artist living in Gloucestershire where he exhibits extensively. He returned to painting as recently as 2013, holding his first solo exhibition at the Guildhall Gallery in 2015 and only a few years later receiving accolades from the prestigious, international American Arts Awards. In addition to his own work, he tutors workshops in Abstract, Expressive still life & Abstract cityscapes.
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): Framed: H:103cm, W:73cm, D:3.5cm, image H:100, W:70cm
Acrylic, ink and charcoal on canvas
Framed: plain black frame, unglazed
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