Trying to find an artist who uses massive globs of paint
September 12, 2017 12:26 PM   Subscribe

A few years ago, I saw and adored paintings by an artist who used massive globs of paint in their city street scenes - each piece had chunks of paint, visibly protruding from the canvas, to disrupt the observer's vision in the way that snow or rain does. Who was it?

I saw a number of this artist's paintings at the Toronto International Art Fair circa 2010-2012, but regrettably never wrote down the artist's name.

I specifically remember the winter scenes: the paintings were of conventional urban scenes in the winter, but with gigantic globs of white paint that gave a really convincing imitation of walking the street with snow in your eyes. I'm also fairly certain there were similar paintings with gray, colour-streaked smears to simulate walking city streets in the rain. I don't know enough art language to describe it properly, but it was a kind of very personal trompe l'oeil.

Does anyone know the artist?
posted by ZaphodB to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Was it Frank Auerbach?
posted by Perodicticus potto at 12:43 PM on September 12, 2017

No, these were contemporary cityscape paintings - Ben Aronson, Paul Kenton, that kind of thing - with the addition of the visual disruption from the globs of paint.
posted by ZaphodB at 1:16 PM on September 12, 2017

Could it have been this guy?
posted by Perodicticus potto at 1:36 PM on September 12, 2017

Was it this guy?
posted by fourpotatoes at 2:04 PM on September 12, 2017

Unfortunately, it's neither of those artists. This one is the closest to the overall effect - but when I say globs of paint, I mean chunks of paint an inch in diameter sticking half an inch out from the canvas, with a few smaller ones for the "distant" snowflakes.
posted by ZaphodB at 2:14 PM on September 12, 2017

The term for very thick paint is 'impasto'
posted by splicer at 5:02 PM on September 12, 2017

James Keirstead uses a lot of chunks of paint, but does not do many cityscapes.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 7:11 PM on September 13, 2017

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