BoldArt is a unique way to manipulate paint.I have coined the term 3DT ….or 3 dimensional texture. Color has the mystical capacity to impact our psychology. BoldArt is all about color, texture, proportions, rhythm and explorations into how these influence our spirit. Fashion and design icon Iris Apfel once said, ” Color can wake the dead “… She was right… And color can certainly inspire and elevate the living as well ! That is the BoldArt mandate.
The process starts with ordinary emulsion paint (house paint) – the acrylic/latex water based variety. A gallon of paint is poured into a tray with a special (read secret) release surface. Paint is pretty sticky stuff so to find a surface that would reject it was challenging. A ‘slow dry’ is optimal. Summer temperatures tend to wrinkle and distort the paint sheets as it dries so winter and spring are best to create uniform ‘sheets’ of dried paint. It takes up to 2 weeks for a tray to dry to the point it can be worked with.
Once the paint is dry it is peeled out of the tray and sliced up into desired shapes. The newly created shapes and strips are primed in preparation for Artists’ quality fine art paints which provide the intense and pure colors that house paints cannot offer. Multiple layers of top coat paint are applied to achieve color density. Then, piece by piece, each fragment and strip of paint is applied to the wood panel substrate using a water based paste adhesive. The assembly process is slow and laborious.
Amazingly, 3 to 4 gallons of paint are required for a 4′ x 4′ painting. This makes for a heavy finished product. Pieces can range from 20 to 35 pounds each depending on size and complexity. The art piece MUST be mounted to the studs directly and not affixed to only the gyproc board. Strong fixtures and cable are provided behind the painting for mounting.
The Bold Art finished product is stunningly different. Thick paint fragments and strips provide a textural surprise for the eye. Each strip and fragment is physically distinct from the adjacent fragment and subtle edge shadows enhance the effect. Never having seen such an art process viewers stop and study the art with a degree of bewilderment. They wonder ‘what it is’ and ‘how it was created.’ Technically the creation is a ‘Painting’. It is all paint. It is 100% pure paint, not a mixed media work. The thick paint fragments and strips can be up to 1/8 of an inch (3mm) thick. This makes for an extremely durable work suitable for commercial environments where occasional cleaning might be required. Dusted, damp wiped, vacuumed or even hosed down – the thick, leather-like latex can handle rough, abusive treatment.
James invites commissions to create one-of-a-kind pieces . He looks forward to using textures, patterns and colour palettes chosen by you to optimize the visual / textural effect for a specific project.