Vitamin P/P2 Artists

I have just gone through Vitamin P & P2 to look for painters who use drawingness or bring gestural and tighter painting together to focus the viewer on particular parts of the image. I hope that these painters will underpin the new work I make over the coming months and by keeping them in one entry, I will be able to more easily revisit these as reference material.

Phoebe Unwin – Mixture of more focused and loose brushstrokes. Image becomes more monochrome as it moves towards the edges.

Amy Sillman – have selected smaller scale works as the block colour compositional elements are more evident. Really like the series and simplification of shapes with figures within geometric spaces.

Justin Mortimer – Mortimer is my new favourite painter. Love the unfinished nature of the work, drawing and use of negative space (white and black in other pieces). Also imbalanced compositional devices, use of diagonals and of course balloons!

Makiko Kudo – weird downwards viewpoint and block colours, figure is absorbed by the environment.

Maki Na Kamura – oily, washy surface – some layering evident but more planes of colour. Some areas of linear drawing evident against blocks and more detailed areas.

Chantal Joffe – I like the way the figure is cramped into the picture space. Simplifies lines and stripes in background suggest environment.

Adrian Ghenie – Virtually abstract background with more detailed figure. Tight, dark colour palette sets gloom.

Kaye Donachie – Use of diagonals and figures emerging from the ground – environment merges through use of generic colour.

Lisa Brice – Loose block painting and empty space – don’t like the green but gives suggestion of shadow

Hernan Bas – My second favourite who I seem to keep coming back to. Quite abstract gestural painting with smaller brushstrokes and sharp edges.

Luc Tuymans – Composition very weighted to left side. Shadow figures/suggestions on right where colour is virtually reduced to monochrome.

Daniel Richter – Not keen on green but interesting use of negative space and phantom figures

Elizabeth Peyton – Very loose brushstrokes are still descriptive. Limited colour palette creates emptiness in the painting.

Margherita Mazelli – Distance from figure, angle of gaze and viewer. Use of block colour background against much more detailed figure and foreground.

Cecily Brown – Abstract brushstrokes are suggestive. Process compliments hidden and engaging the gaze of the viewer. 

Magdalena Lamri – Love unfinished abstract edges and evidence of linen (?) coming through. Some depth, some dribbles, some unfilled drawing lines:) 

Annabel Emson – painting becomes looser towards edges, colour is also more concentrated in central section which draws the eye in


Some things I have noticed whilst collecting these images…

  • I have changed the colour palette I am attracted to – lots of red, blue and white
  • I am looking at more blocky paintings – thick and thin – there is less interaction between the colours in a physical way. Flat planes of colour suggest rather than describe the environment.
  • Elements of unfinished and negative space
  • Use of same colour on figures and background to absorb or merge elements
  • Diagonals in composition
  • Areas of abstraction – larger brushes (background)
  • Elements of monochrome – white and payne’s grey particularly in drawing areas
  • Shadow figures
  • Brushstrokes to obscure or suggest

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