Collection: Leon Phillips - The Matter of Colour

My work explores the materiality of colour. I set up colour-gesture situations that allow the physical nature of my tools and materials to express themselves to create paintings where colour is structural rather than decorative. In pursuing a material-based logic, I see myself as a facilitator in the studio working co-operatively with non-human agents to provoke embodied, perceptual experience.

My body, brushes, pigments, paints and surfaces are all material components of a colour delivery system. My brushes are not inert tools but a dynamic medium through which the pigment is transmitted. I work with new material technology, such as contemporary brushes, to produce paintings that are drawn colour and a choreographic record of my body’s movement.

Identifying the differences between organic and inorganic pigments has revealed to me material qualities of colour, such as pigment particle size, oil content, and opacity. Until this realization, I had only considered colour in terms of its visual aspects of hue, chroma and value; now, my colour ontology includes material qualities essential in achieving a contemporary light in my paintings.

My exploration into materiality has led me to question issues such as Western culture’s attitudes towards colour, the historical debate regarding drawing versus colour (disegno versus colore), new ideas about materialism, and binary oppositions. Working with the materiality of colour has prompted me to consider all of the non-human elements in my practice in a new and equitable way to produce images that challenge Cartesian dualisms and mechanistic models for being.

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    Leon Phillips

    Swirl no. 8

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    Swirl no. 1

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    Swirl no. 4

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    Swirl no. 2

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    Swirl no. 12

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    Squirm no. 15

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    Loopy no. 15

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    Loopy no. 5

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    Loopy no. 1

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