Nebula No.1 (2016)
150 × 120 × 5 cm
Epoxy resin, pigments and spray paint on stretched canvas
Courtesy of the artist and DegreeArt.com
Turquoise-haired multidisciplinary artist Claire Luxton (born in 1991) graduated from Goldsmiths with a BA in fine art in 2014. This painter/sculptor/photographer experienced such demand for her work that just nine months after graduating she became a full time artist, has delivered one solo show and is planning another.
Having a father who makes model steam engines, Luxton is entirely practical: she makes her own Perspex scrapers, creates corrosive liquid to weather steel and personally welds the panels of her large-scale sculptural installations.
‘Nebula No. 1’ is a beautiful painting of colour, depth and movement, which includes Luxton’s signature blues, blacks, greys and golds. The use of resin as a medium – with its fluidity, merging of colours and glossiness – reflects Luxton’s fascination with the sea. Resin, however, has its challenges: it can harden too quickly, lose its consistency or not set at all; it can bleed – resulting in a brown painting; and it must be painted on a flat canvas but raised on breeze blocks otherwise the cascading resin will weld it to the ground. But this doesn’t faze Luxton who is excited by its unpredictability.
For more information, see DegreeArt.com
Hedge, issue 42, July 2016, pp70-76