Surface-effect art by Norman LeBret

Not every painting I create is a gem.  Not every rock is a gem.  Neither my paintings, nor a rock will have equal appeal to everyone.  I never know what the painting will look like until after I combine the oil, pigments and substrate.  -Norm LeBret
Not every painting I create is a gem. Not every rock is a gem. Neither my paintings, nor a rock will have equal appeal to everyone. I never know what the painting will look like until after I combine the oil, pigments and substrate. -Norm LeBret

Rather than explain what surface-effect art is, here’s the explanation given in his artist statment:

Surface-Effect art is a variation of abstract impressionism that was made famous by Jackson Pollock. The physical interaction between the artist and components of the visual art, is expressed as an incipient merging of the pigment, oil and surface. Surfaces have chemical and physical characteristics that influence how different substances interact. One example may be the static charge on the surface of glass rod, after being rubbed vigorously by a perturbed cat. Another is the weird behavior of lava lamps, where a homogeneous substance bounces and slides against little blobs of itself–the blobs are distinct from each other only by shape, size… and energy. The bulk material becomes disaggregated as it is heated from the light bulb below; rising throught the lamp, blobs separate as thermal distribution and density begin to vary within the bulk–then blobs bounce off the energy-barrier surfaces of each other. 
                                                                                                                                             Personally, I find myself fascinated with the intellectual approach to making art that has an abstract and natural beauty. I’ve had the specific process he uses explained to me a couple of times but, as an artist in my own right, I find it better to explain less. Besides, viewer interpretation is always far more interesting.  Find more of his work here.
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2 comments so far

  1. vedicart on

    At the time i find the effects very interesting, like how to create texture before one create the picture. It’s very fun to work with, and the paintings looks real vivid. Your first picture could be in the cathegory for Vedic Art, which i have not had time to write about yet.

  2. whitney on

    amazing. i love that flag.


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