Hugh Byrne and abstraction
Hugh Byrne is a visual artist currently living and working in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was born in 1983. He graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Hugh Byrne combines vivid colours, textures and geometric planes and illustrates the tensions between geometry and abstraction, structure and dynamism. The artist explores the hidden shapes and forms that lie unassumingly just beneath the surface of the landscapes around us.
"The process of completing my work has been one of trial and error; often frustrating, but ultimately productive. My initial dissatisfaction with many of the pieces encouraged a number of creative reworkings, which resulted in exciting new forms: instead of stripping the canvas and starting again, I taped off the areas that I thought were successful and painted over what I considered problematic. . This mode of praxis resulted in works that have large areas of negative space and isolated forms with unique characteristics. I then exaggerated their individuality by introducing new marking and brushstroke techniques. By subjecting the canvas to multiple revisions through layering, erasure and addition, the history of the painting can be gleaned from its very surface.