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Abstraction: the "Button Abstracts" - paintings by Justin Bailey

• CHAIDRON • MAMELONS •

Here are two examples of some of the work I was making over the 1990-s to now, really. They are abstract paintings where I have used "mixed media" to add interest in to the surface. So they can be viewed from close-up and afar. They are about colour and richness and form and sentience and life. CHAIDRON 1990 - 2000 Mixed media on canvas 40 x 26 cms / 15.75" x 10.25" SMALL PAINTING
WITH MAMELONS 1995 - 96 Mixed media on canvas 31 x 15 cms / 12.25" x 6"

• QUAINT COSMOS • WEIRD WORLD WHAT? •

Here's another two from this series of paintings loosely termed "Button Paintings". I used beads, buttons, jewelry, ball bearings, glass and think globules of paint. This two are similar. They are about cosmic lifeforces, man (and woman). Ying/Yang. Symmetry. QUAINT COSMOS 1993 - 98 Mixed media on canvas 39 x 32 cms / 15.5" x 12.5"

• SNAKES AND LADDERS • SPRITE •

SNAKE AND LADDERS was a painting that I did over time and as you can see has a lot of surface and layers and things going on. Likewise SPRITE was a painting that I dabbled at over a number of years. None of these paintings were done quickly over a short period of time. SNAKE AND LADDERS 1994 - 98 Mixed media on board 47 x 30 cms / 18.5" x 12" SPRITE 1993 - 2000 Mixed media on canvas 29.5 x 21 cms / 11.5" x 8.75"

• VENUSIAN • ZOOM IN CLOSER •

VENUSIAN is all about woman and a homage to the power female sexuality from which comes birth and new life. ZOOM IN CLOSER is more abstract and could be seen on many levels. I have a particualr fondness of this "Button Abstract" even though it may not be as "appealing" as some of the others. VENUSIAN 1993 - 98 Mixed media on canvas 52 x 34 cms / 20.5" x 13.5" ZOOM IN CLOSER 1992 - 98 Mixed media on canvas 46 x 36 cms / 18" x 14"

• CROSS MY HEART • HAPPY SAD •

Two squarish paintings which I did around the same time. CROSS MY HEART 1988-2000 Mixed Media on canvas 45 x 45 cms / 17.5" x 17.5" HAPPYSAD 1988-2000 Mixed media on canvas 37 x 37 cms / 14.5" x 14.5"

• CONGLOMERATION • KABUKI NOH •

CONGLOMERATION is a slightly odd painting (even by my standards!). No what I mean to say is that is a bit different from everything else of mine. Stands slightly alone. KABUKI NOH is about Japanese theatre. CONGLOMERATION 1988-2000 Mixed media on canvas 76 x 59 cms / 30" x 23.5" KABUKI NOH 1988-2000 Mixed media on canvas 60 x 60 cms / 23.5" x 23.5"

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