I'M MADI, AN ARTIST PRACTISING IN BOURNEMOUTH AND HENLEY-ON-THAMES.
My main area of work is abstract painting, my work isn’t always representative, and the meaning is normally understood retrospectively. I mostly focus on my application of the paint, initially approaching a painting with the decision of whether to use a brush, pallet knife or my fingers. I also deliberately use bright colours in most of my paintings as I love the vibrancy that comes with this. I like to use a lot of paint, applying it thickly in big strokes and motions as I feel that this helps me feel more relaxed and connect with my medium in a sensual way. This gestural application of the paint means that shapes often emerge in my work unexpectedly which means that is a more natural process and therefore the outcome is a lot more fluid rather than rigid. An example of this is my work ‘missed the pan’ in my sketches which you can see photographed on my website. Initially, I started the formation of ideas from freehand application of paint, treating the canvas as a problem to solve with pictorial logic. I am intrigued by the juxtaposition that emerges when using a free gestural application with my brush, compared to the rigid geometric shapes that are formed. In the ‘missed the pan’ series I also was experimenting with oil paint and seeing how using a large number of vivid colours would affect the fluidity of the work. Making my work look ‘fluid’ is a big focus when it comes to my painting process like the work of the St Ives society of artists who I take a lot of inspiration from when it comes to the colour pallet I choose. My painting is a process, removing and applying paint constantly often painting over aspects also leads to this geometric appearance.
More recently in my painting practise I have been using aerial landscape as subject matter.