Significant Other, 2016, oil on canvas, 122 x 86cm

Other Half, 2016, oil on canvas, 122 x 86cm 

Owl Night Long, 2016, oil and wax on canvas, 101 x 71cm

Eternal Other, 2016, oil and wax on canvas, 101 x71cm

There is no Other uses a central motif of masking as a veil between enhancing reality and actuality. Through a variety of paint handling the work positions the painted surface as a façade; a threshold between self and other.

 

This application creates a fractured collage effect where abstract forms obscure figurative space and pockets of landscape tease the viewer with visual tropes and clichés. 

 

The work parallels social media where identities are edited, airbrushed and assembled. Simpson reveals a surreal interpretation of this confluence between self and other that can never be truly unmasked.

In the work, forms are hard edged, gesturally rendered and abruptly layered. Youthful figures are cropped, dislocated and objectified. On the surface colours are shifting and glowing. The altered hue and saturation of the everyday appears otherworldly. The influence of technology on identity reconstruction is echoed in the works’ digital aesthetic and ruptured surface. The contradictory nature of this threshold throws up a purgatory, utopia or refuge – a place where authentic and inauthentic, self and otherness collide.

Journey to the Sun, 2016, oil and wax on canvas, 101 x 71cm

Hiss you Were Here, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 50 x 40cm

Tangled Thoughts, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm

Let us Prey, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm

Ice Trap, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm

Sunset Overdrive, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm

Bald Eagle, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm

Porpoiseful Seduction, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm

Other Places, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm

Other Way Round, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 35cm

Happiness by Design, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 35cm

In Other Worlds, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 35cm

Swamped, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 30cm

Orbiter, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 30cm

Imagi-nation, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 30cm

Space Bunny, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 50 x 30cm

Space Cadet, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 50 x 30cm

Reality Eclipse, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 50 x 30cm

Deal or no Deal, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 30cm

Sanity Masquerade, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 50 x 30cm

War Paint, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 50 x 30cm

Face Mask, 2016, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Worlds Away, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Lost in Space, 2016, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Love Triangle, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Face Paint, 2015, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Nothing to See, 2016, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Animal Intent, 2015, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Ways of Seeing, 2015, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Mask of Sanity, 2016, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Other Forms, 2015, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm

The Other Side, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 40 x 30cm

Death by Paradise, 2015, oil and wax on canvas, 40 x 30cm

DeathTriangle,  2016, oil on canvas, 35 x 30cm

Shape Face, 2015, oil on canvas, 35 x 30cm

© 2019 by Josh Simpson