OPENS JUNE 5, 7PM
ON DISPLAY: JUNE 5-27
While Keith Wood seldom lets the world influence his work, he admits that each of his paintings represents a sum total of his life experience to date.
As much as Wood tries not to let his surroundings impact his art form, he takes many cues from the musical genre of jazz. Much like jazz music, Wood’s art has an underlying element of structure, in his consistent colour palette and grid-like format. But the dominant elements are the strong notes of improvisation. The result is an intriguing, endlessly interesting body of work – visual music.
Wood approaches each of his paintings with a liberating lesson he learned in art school more than 50 years ago: never assume you know what you’re doing when creating art.
“Sometimes you hit euphoria, then, as you assume you’re in control, you’re like a tethered animal with limited freedom,” Wood says.
Wood works primarily with encaustic paint, which is composed of beeswax, resin and pigment. The paint is kept molten on a heated palette and applied to an absorbent surface. It’s then heated again to fuse the paint. He came to the medium by default, looking for a change of pace after creating art in every known medium. He hasn’t looked back.
Wood works with a limited colour palette, and he says the irony is that the fewer colours he uses, the more colourful his paintings end up.
This Time combines Wood’s 50 years of art experience, with a strong jazz influence in a collection of contrasted, arrhythmic work. Wood says the exhibit isn’t about him, though; it’s about providing an exciting visual experience for the viewer.
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