2010 by Marc Hulson
Charlie Dutton Gallery
The Super Natural exhibition at the Charlie Dutton Gallery aimed to visually delve into the base nature of oil paint, prima materia, and the ‘supernatural agency’ the medium possesses once one begins to play. The potential for paint to create atmosphere, to summon emotional and encompassing windows to worlds where colour and the surreal rule, is something that these artists look to manipulate. They take advantage of perhaps the most attractive and original element of art — its ability to transport us to unreality. Hulson uses paint covertly, mixing colour under the cover of darkness to form colours vaguely sinister, mysterious in their shadowy depths. Colour here has been diluted with black not white, and highlights appear in the warmth of orange and the decadence of purple rather than colourless light. The effect is enticingly magical, with bands of colour shifting subtly as they glide down the canvas with the effortless flow of water. The effect is a rainbow of shadows glittering through the charm and seduction of colour. Shape too is left to paint, to the ebbing and morphing of tone; forms change in the haze of blending, soft and impossibly undefined. Only by sweeping black lines is form slightly separated, drawing lines apart like curtains. Colour appears layered and alive — matter gently moving, hiding the entrance to another world.