Bridging ~ Val Miles

One way that I have bridged my art is by studying and using some of the work of Gustav Klimt to inform my own. I had seen some of his original work and found his use of paint and shapes to be very interesting and realized that our work had a lot in common.  We both use metallics in our work and a lot of his imagery such as flowers, line and shapes were similar to ones that I was already using. I love to use colour and really enjoyed the bold, exciting colour that is often found in Klimt’s work.

Last spring I embarked on a series of paintings for a show that I was having at the University Club on the U of S Campus.  I don’t usually paint large canvases and thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to work big and explore this subject matter.  I chose six of my favourite of Klimt’s pieces and did my interpretation of them.  One way that my work differs is that Klimt did a lot of portrait work while I prefer to use other imagery to get my message across.

 

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