Dani Humberstone
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Dani Humberstone

The majority of my current work is based on a personal form of abstract expressionism. A style of abstract art originally centred largely in New York in the mid 1950’s, many of the exponents being Russian or European immigrants.

Many of the artists had a general interest in myth as a way into understanding the human psyche, the forces of nature and the "human condition". Artists of the time included: Marc Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Lee Krasner, Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning and Barnett Newman.

I am drawn to this movement because it is how I work instinctively. I am led through the process of making a painting, balancing colour and form. I use very strong colours - juxtaposed, in harmony or as a glaze, using the relationship and tension this creates to give the painting its energy. I like to suggest a light source coming from within the work itself.

As a painter it is my aim to communicate in a direct and personal way. Colour is an immediate language that is more felt than comprehended and allows the artist to speak with subtlety and strength.

I don't usually make sketches (unless required to do so by a client) or even pre-plan paintings and work directly with paint on to the canvas.

Beauty is hugely important to me and essential in my work. Making a painting that is both beautiful and powerful is at the heart of what I do.

My current work combines realism with an element of the abstract, as a way to describe this work I call it “Synchromatic Realism”. For me the work indicates “the acceptance of difference”, with the subjects acting as a mutual reply and inspiration to each other.
The result is an almost surreal image. I have chosen to place the subjects in a 17th century inspired background. I use candlelight as the principal light source, which gives a strong warm light and throws very dark shadows. The darker background colours project the painted subjects forward.

I would like the observer to be part of the process of making art. The feelings inspired by the painting make it a personal experience whilst giving it both validity and significance.