#AndrewBlythe. Untitled, ca. 2006-09. Acrylic on paper. 23 1/4" x 33 1/4".
Blythe is a self-taught artist who works in Toi Ora Live Art Trust, a community arts center in Auckland, New Zealand, providing studio space and tuition for people who have experienced mental illness. In his youth, Blythe was recurrently hospitalized and during this time he started drawing with pencil and Indian ink. The artist sees his paintings as an ongoing dialogue of free expression and catharsis, saying: “I am an empty vessel when I paint."
Stuart Shepherd writes:
“[Blythe’s] work often plays with, or rather studies, the balance of purpose and chance, or control and accident … For example, he might test the way the paint dribbles off an overloaded brush, but not so much that it runs off everywhere, but just enough so that it can be repeated to make a pattern. Or the way a brushed line of acrylic paint can run back over itself, as it dries, to create a maze-like palimpsest through which we can see glimpses of the original surface … [Blythe] has written about cities and their unstoppable momentum; perhaps it is the city, its energy and its process of layering, overlapping and canceling out that finds expression in [his] work.”
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