Terry Greene joins our Expert Judges panel for the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020. Terry is an artist who creates abstract, collaged paintings that investigate the duality of paint as structure and agency. He is also the author of the wonderful blog, Just Another Painter, a collection of abstract paintings paired with insightful quotes from the artists. We asked him more about his work, process and colour and his thoughts on judging the painting prize this year.
Above image: Untitled (081019), 2019, Terry Greene, Acrylic on paper, pasted on board,
30.5 x 25.5 cm
Clare: Where does a painting begin for you? Can you describe your process?
Terry: The direction taken to produce my work is often reached through a complex operation of a series of decisions that, at times, might be automatic, random, yet based upon an idea that I’m attempting to yield unique forms and novel structures. Since July 2017 I have been working almost exclusively on a series of small abstract paintings – each one informing another in some indefinable way – each one revealing ever new possibilities.
Clare: Can you tell us about these works in regards to your exploration of the duality of paint as structure and as agency?
Terry: In my work paint [colour] is embraced as structure, in its distribution and arrangement across the surface and as a liquid adapting to other pre-existing shapes. It’s also the cause of aberrations and glitches, imprecisions in the overlapping layers of colours, all of which becomes integral to the final product. I’m absorbed with mining the tensions between finish and process, as well as those between fine art and decoration, drawing and colour.
Clare: Can you talk about your approach to colour in your paintings?
Terry: I try to keep it simple, basic, economical in some instances. Over time my palette has been reduced. I use very little red and yellow. I use blue, pink, orange, a little green, but increasingly white and a dark grey. When less colour is present, small amounts and subtle variations become all the more expressive.
Clare: What will you be looking for in the entries submitted to the competition this year?
Terry: Paintings are about the shared human experience and I would like to see something of that come across – encompassing the good, the bad and even the ugly.
Clare: How important do you think awards and competitions are for artists today?
Terry: They can be very important where prizes are chosen to benefit artists in ways that matter, whether it’s the chance to participate in an exhibition, cash, or opportunities.
Clare: Do you have any advice for artists out there thinking about entering Jackson’s Painting Prize this year?
Terry: When entering an art competition, you are forced to evaluate your work in an objective manner. It makes you take a step back, allowing you to see beyond individual images and forces you to consider your work as a whole.
Clare: What are you working on at the moment and where can we see more of your work online?
Terry: I’m in a group show called the Hand Stuffed Mattress, 7 Nov – 8 Dec, at the Terrace Gallery. Then there’s a Gallery group show coming up at Alan Kluckow Fine Art in December.
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