Nigel Shipley

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The floating world


The floating, fleeting, or transient world described the urban lifestyle, especially the pleasure-seeking aspects, of the Edo-period Japan - Wikipedia


These are some of the elements that I use to create my tactile paintings which capture a feeling, mood, or emotion:


   • Bitumen paint is made to repair a leaking roof. It is dreadful stuff to work with, sticky, stinking and as black as can be. It is like the dregs of a barrel of crude oil, but when dried on a painting it can be a sublime, rich, and deep black.  Pure black like Japanese lacquer, but with a velvety softness.


   • Oil paint applied in a thin wash over a pure white base acts like a sheet of coloured glass through which light passes and reflects back off the white base.  This can illuminate the colour from behind and make it glow.  


   • I love controlled accidents.  By painting a thin wash of oil paint over a white base of water based acrylic paint, the oil and the water may react and create natural patterns that reflect those in nature.  These patterns can have an infinite complexity that it would be impossible to design, and mirror the patterns found when frost settles on an icy winter’s window, or the cracks of a dry muddy river bed.  Scraping wet paint with a squeegee can also create similar accidental textures or rhythms that reflect nature.  

Ukiyo a Ukiyo b Ukiyo a Ukiyo a Ukiyo b

Floating world – oil and bitumen on board, 60x 50 cm, framed.

Ukiyo 1 Ukiyo b

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