Ben Barretto

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Ben Barretto

Work from Paintings Paintings.

“The set of oil paintings, belonging to a series the artist calls ‘painting paintings’ depict a collision of abstraction and process based action painting. For these works a set amount of oil paint is spread over a number of canvases and the surface of each canvas is systematically stamped onto the surface of the next, a process which continues back and forth, over and over again. This repetitive stamping eventually results in a gritty layer of colour forming over the surface of the paintings, muting out the original hues. At this point the artist utilises the frame of the canvas to draw into the surface of the next painting, using it as a giant tool to scrape back into the muddled grey layer to reveal the original painting underneath. In doing so, he destroys one painting to create another, each surface interacting with the next in an ongoing cycle.” – The Popular Workshop

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