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Adam Arbeid

Polished mixed media and lava rock. Framed in white.

310mm x 870mm

Price: £1250

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About the Artist

Adam Arbeid has developed and refined his own processes, which he uses in conjunction with traditional disciplines.

He became captivated by imagery observed through various lenses. These range from the extraordinary images of the cosmic vistas captured by the Hubble telescope and the Cassini space probe both from afar, those honed in upon by satellites of our incredible world and the subterranean environments below, to the imagery captured through microscopy such as diatoms - our smallest, single cell, living beings.

Although the scales of these vistas are unimaginably different, from space telescope to microscope, some of the imagery is amazingly similar which stimulates and infuses his work.

The surfaces of the pieces within the main body of work are created as a marble fresco. Layer by layer, coats of crushed marble composite are applied to the canvas and built up to create a veneer-like marble base and, where desired, the piece is sectioned off and further layers are pigmented and applied, textured and polished before paint is introduced to the damp or dry base. Minerals, aggregates, base and precious metals, pigments and other materials can then be incorporated within the work.

Through influencing natural movement - exploring time in motion and cause and effect - by encouraging the various combinations of material to run free, collide, recede, reform, and then choosing the moment at which to freeze their motion, Adam Arbeid creates an aesthetic of 'controlled chaos'.

Running parallel to this process, he also became interested in the qualities and imagery unveiled through the quarrying, splitting and polishing of ancient stones, minerals and fossils. Deconstructing these materials, re-combining them with others and applying them within holes cut in to the surface of the painting and to the edge of the work, he creates a sparkling agate-like crust that, alongside with the lustrous surface, creates the illusion that the piece may have been sliced from a large fossil exposing surreal environments within.

The use of employing crushed marble in this way dates back to the beyond the ancient Rome where in the houses of the great and wealthy it became fashionable to ornament the main wall areas with a fine lime, marble putty applied in many thin coats, often coloured and polished to a smooth mirrored finish. The artist would then embellish the area by painting into the damp surface in the creation of frescoes. With the Fall of Rome, this form of painting virtually disappeared until its rediscovery in opulent 16th Century Florence.

In Adam's words: “I became interested in expanding my range of materials beyond the use of fresco marble and traditional pigments by using crushed and prepared glass, fossils, granite, various other minerals and metal ore. I find the experience of developing the use of original tactile substance exciting. Sourcing, crushing, sieving and grading the materials is time consuming, but this is part of utilising ancient physical ingredients in the creation of contemporary work."