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Keltie Ferris

Keltie Ferris: contemporary art

Already well-known to US audiences, but still largely an emerging name elsewhere, New York painter Keltie Ferris (b. 1977) creates richly coloured abstractions which reflect the gestural dynamism of action painting while evoking less canonical influences, such as street art and grafitti.

Keltie Ferris

A plethora of techniques such as masking, oil-crayon drawing and use of the palette-knife lend texture and variety to painted surfaces. These are then paired with spray-painted motifs to add diffused, soft-focus patterning and veils of semi-translucent colour.

The spray-can has increasingly become standard equipment for many newer artists - a borrowing that parallels street art's own incursion into the fine art arena.

Ferris's alignment of an impulsive, edgy energy with the disciplines and influence of western abstraction makes for painting that feels surprisingly fresh, vital and, above all, instantly idiosyncratic.

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April 2010

 

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