We take a look at Eva Abercrombie an abstract painter based in Glasgow. She works with acrylic on canvas and experiments with composition, creating bold structure using drawing and developing movement through the handling of the paint.
"I recently moved to Glasgow from London, where I grew up, after deciding London was becoming too difficult a place to find space. Head space as well as living space! On arrival I had no contacts except one, my dad’s friend Carole Gibbons, who is an exceptional figurative painter who has lived and worked here many years and who kindly let me stay with her until I found my feet."
"I now have a one bedroom flat where I have space enough to work on my painting. I work in acrylic on stretched canvas which have found is an easy way around working in a small space, acrylic dries quickly and having the canvas stretched first helps when moving it around the space and for hanging up to view the work in between stages."
"I was greatly inspired from an early age to work abstractly. I was surrounded by my dad’s painting at home and often went to shows of his peers where all their work was of the same premise. I did not study fine art at college so this was in a way my education into painting. I started to learn that the use of paint in this way is a visual language all of its own and very personal to the artist creating it."
"When I finally gained the courage to try it myself I found that I unconsciously picked up certain appearances of others work which I felt I had to “get out my system” all as part of the learning process. I maybe spent 2 to 3 years working on top of paintings wiping out what was previously there and sometimes this still happens to a certain extent. Now after painting for about 5 or 6 years I feel I have found a slightly more comfortable or confident way of working but I try not to concentrate on having a style. I try to focus on each painting as an individual and I do not tend to work in series. I’ve recently found that I draw with black or grey quite a lot, using it for borders or a way to partition off areas of colour within the painting. Noticing this I am wary of routine and I don’t want to establish a method to approach my work with. I want to keep it open and always try to discover the new but do realise that sometimes you have to push through a certain phase you are working on until it comes to a natural end."
To see more of Eva's work visit: evaabercrombiepainting.wordpress.com