Each painting is a different version of a fading idyll, a lament for the utopian ideals Modernism. The paintings represent shadowy people, places and things as fragments of fictions and memories. Idyllic scenes are rendered uncanny by unnatural light emanating from layers of under-painting and colours that make reference to the faded hues of old photographs and postcards. The paintings are made…Show more slowly, built up in layers on a smooth gesso ground. The intense, often warm, colour of the under-painting dictates the mood. Subsequent layers involve transparent glazes and finally thicker applications of impasto painting, which draw attention to the surface of the painting. I allow the image to dissolve into intricate pattern and abstraction; figures become lost in deep shadow; detail is erased. Through this process the relationship of the image to its photographic sources diminishes and the image assumes a new identity as a painting that offers new narratives and multiple interpretations.Show less
"Saye's work is a beautiful window into a parallel life we all feel we have lived, but perhaps can't quite remember. His scenes are both heavy and warming, contemporary and of a past era. I defy anyone to not fall in love with these images and want to look at them every day."
Adriana Marques - Rise Art Curator
Artworks by Ed Saye
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