Niala Orsmond

Niala Orsmond – The title “Back to Basics” is the most does-what-it-says-on-the-tin title I think I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It does not over complicate the series, instead, allowing the audience an open platform to just look, and enjoy. She has taken the process’ of Mondrian and brought them forward, giving them new life with the help of the printing process. Unlike J. Albers who talk about colour theory artists working with paper because it gives a more even finish without “undesired and unnecessary addition of so-called texture” (Interaction of colour, 1963), the prints of Orsmond celebrates the hand of the artist and the materiality of the oil paint as well as the natural textures of the wood panels that they were printed from. I similarly believe that it is important to enjoy the materials that we use, we learn more from colour when we consider its textural qualities as well as its hue, it places the paintings in a reality where the artist’s hand can be identified in the paintings, rather than being machine made in a factory with 1000 identical copies.

Saatchi Art Artist Niala Orsmond; Printmaking, “Back to Basics #8” #art


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Jessy Plant

A Brighton born artist, now studying a Fine Art Degree at Cardiff Met Uni.

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