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Paul Dignan

artist  |  Paul Dignan

Toronto

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Paul Dignan is a painter currently living and working in Ontario, Canada. His artistic practice develops around serial paintings that are evolve as individual compositions based on one original source drawing. Taking drawing as a starting point Paul employs predetermined rules, as a means of setting specific boundary points that are the basis on which intuitive decisions are then made to alter and deconstruct the structure as the paintings progress. ... Read more
Paul Dignan is a painter currently living and working in Ontario, Canada.

His artistic practice develops around serial paintings that are evolve as individual compositions based on one original source drawing.

Taking drawing as a starting point Paul employs predetermined rules, as a means of setting specific boundary points that are the basis on which intuitive decisions are then made to alter and deconstruct the structure as the paintings progress. In effect, this process has been deliberately set up so the outcome cannot be fully anticipated.

The muted colours are based on an awareness of the effects of the extreme shifts in Canadian weather. The colours of objects and buildings become faded, bleached and weathered - for example, the faded pink of a rusting child's bicycle that has been left out all winter or the bleached yellowing green of a fence subjected to constant bouts of humidity and a scorching summer sun.

The paintings operate through drawing the viewer’s eye in before offering a certain amount of resistance to it. They reflect patterns about inspection and time that reveal themselves as well as shift and change upon closer examination. Read less
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