I had all of this energy inside of me bursting to get out (sometimes I fling paint brushes out of hand because I can't control the energy flow).
Having worked on a few plexiglass artworks recently I kinda stumbled onto a little painting formula which i quiet liked. So I wanted to test it out on something a little larger to see how well it transferred.
I really believe intuition can be taught through repetition and practice. I think if you do something over and over enough times, eventually you will automatically do it without even thinking. I think painting is exactly like that, the more you do it and the more you focus on what works, the better at painting you will become.
So I was working initially from this formula I had come up with, and it seemed to transfer quiet easily to a larger scale. I mean painting is really just like constructing a big jigsaw puzzle, you just keep shifting the pieces around until they fit. That is why I have no problem removing images and relocating them to another part of the artwork. It is all a game of problem solving at the end of the day.
So why have I used him in this particular work? I think because I kinda feel connected to him on some level and I also believe that he had a lot going on inside his head. You only have to read 'Interviews with Francis Bacon' to understand how complex he was. So symbolically for me he represents so many of us artists who have lots going on in our heads, we constantly have ideas and thoughts bubbling up and the only 'escape' as it were, is to paint. Painting is our escape from our own thoughts. Hence the reason for the Portal above his head (which leads to another dimension or realm). Because as artists we are always trying to get to that 'place' where it seems time and all thoughts stop. I know some of you would have experienced it and others not. You know when your in the zone and time flies so fast that four hours feels like ten minutes and you almost stop thinking and just go into a trance like state, that is the other dimension, that is where we all want to be. We all want to escape the real world, the stress, the pressures of family, commitment, etc. Creating for many of us, allows us to have our own 'portals' to escape to a place of quiet and solitude. Hence the reason I have left the insides of the portal clear and whiteish, to represent that calm tranquil trance like place.
I decided to call this work 'Portals to Nowhere' because that is a place where I want to reside, and it is a place I can only get to by being an artist! Portals to Nowhere is an escape from reality.
Below is a video I made of the process from start until where I am now....enjoy!