Fragment II: An Oil Painting by Mark Youd

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Lot No. :MY-181203
Artist:Mark Youd*
Overview:Contemporary art. “Fragment II”, Oil on board, 40x30cm.
He said, "The Fragments series attempts, by the deconstruction of the portrait, to explore what lies beyond the physical and the individual, to discover what is essentially and universally human.If we strip-away all that is unnecessary for our existence we would be left with nothing but the earth we stand on, and so the landscape is an integral part of this work. From the textures of rock and bark and the restricted palette of earth colours, to the vigorous technique of scraping the painted and sculpted surface with sandpaper and knives calling to mind the processes of erosion and corrosion, these figures are inseparable from their environment. I’m not a traditional portrait artist, I’m not trying to describe a certain person, rather I’m interested in humanity in general, therefore very few of my paintings and sculptures include eyes, which would immediately tie the work to an individual. The portrait is further abstracted, sometimes with a sense of fluidity, examining the effect of motion on the face, other times in a geometric fashion, suggestive of the broken reclics of ancient civilisations. However, by ensuring that the subject has a sense of volume, weight and substance, I hope that what is revealed by deconstructing the portrait might be just as tangible. The viewer is encouraged to look beyond the surface features, to continue the process of stripping-away the unnecessary and consider ideas of mental health, identity, spirituality, the soul and our connection with the earth. The fragmentation of the portrait is sometimes uncomfortable because it deals with the fragility of existence."
* Mark Youd is an artist working in Southerndown, near Cardiff on the South Wales coast. He trained as a draughtsman and, in parallel to a successful career as a designer and technical illustrator, he has developed his personal artistic practice, challenging the traditional approach to portraiture and to painting itself. His painting Fragment XIV has been awarded first prize in the Y Galeri Caerffili 2016 Open Art competition.
Mark uses paint intelligently and creatively, varying the surface textures and marks, building forms which oscillate between the novel and the familiar. The image moves in the viewer's mind from a pure exploration of oil and acrylic paint, into a more clearly understood organic form and into a fragmented human face, before the quality of the paint and its application return the viewer to an appreciation of the image's more abstract qualities. Of the three paintings by Mark Youd, Fragment XIV was the image the judges felt best demonstrated these qualities.


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