Luke Forsyth shares his recent series of paintings ‘Flowers on Black’ and catches us up on how switching between mediums and scale figures into his practice.
“My current series––‘Flowers on Black’––started as an experiment of sorts. I wanted to explore how my vibrant, stylistic use of color would look on black gesso.”
“A big part of my practice involves working on multiple variations of the same piece in differing mediums and small-to-large scale formats until a more cohesive series emerges. Envisioning and then executing a piece in multiple different ways gives me the chance to establish a common visual vocabulary, and then diverge from it to subvert the expected.”
“More and more, I find myself looking to the works of Dutch Masters like Rachel Ruysch and Ambrosius Bosschaert as a source of inspiration. The Dutch Golden Age was known for its focus on still lives, and large swaths of flowers set against a black background were common. I’m looking to re-engage in that contemplation of nature inside a space devoid of light.”