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In this lush and textural painting, Peter Vahlefeld builds up and strips down multiple layers of paint and prints, resulting in complex textures and nuanced tones.


The image is brought to the surface through calculated action as different varnishes become thicker and more complex, trapping metallic pigments like gold, silver, and copper and the evidence of the oxidization process. The use of other varnishes and UV coatings, together with oil paint, absorb, reflect, and diffuse light and enhance the surface's capacity, creating a depth of pictorial space.


This working process is about continuous re-assembly, re-organization, and re-construction of the overpainted image (a poster of the Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London), zigzagging between creation, ruin, and epiphany.

Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts, London