Inspiration: Lesley Oldaker
Lesley Oldaker is an oil painter, but defines herself as a visual artist, as painting is not her only medium. While from the UK she currently lives in Switzerland and has had exhibits all around the world. Her main inspiration are large public spaces and the people that occupy them. All of her paintings are figurative and abstract. They could be mistaken as the same work reproduced over and over, but the groupings of people always change, along with the setting, and color scheme.
The reason I chose this painting in particular is because I saw one of her other works on tumblr. It had more red and bright blue in it, so I did a google image search. This one is quite amazing because upon first glance it seems as if it is black and white, but looking closer the yellow and purple become more evident. In all of her paintings the figures are black, and the majority of the time no faces are evident.
I love how the figures seems to drip down the canvas, and eventually dissolve into one another. Oldaker does a great job of showing depth and scale in the crowd. Another aspect of these paintings is how she chooses to portray the setting. The floor looks fluid and almost mirror like. In the background it is mostly blocks, but somehow we are still able to distinguish that they are urban buildings. The columns, though hazy, have a strong presence. At first glance it looks as if the walls are just black, but after a bit it becomes clear they have texture and a similar, if muted, color palette to the floor.
I saw a picture of Oldaker next to one of her paintings, and from far away it looks much more abstract. This is interesting because it can portray two entirely different images. Her paintings are on a much smaller scale than others I have reviewed, but maintain the dark and moody presence I really enjoy.
Her official website is Lesleyoldakerfineart.com
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