Monday, September 14, 2009

Surreal - Phantasmagoric - Phantasmagorie


Hi All,

A while ago I shared images of a couple large paintings in process.  The two paintings were painted simultaneously and form one piece that is definitely SURREAL.

Each of the two canvases is 36” x 24” x 1/2” which combined make a painting 72” x 24” x 1/2”.

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72” x 24” x 1/2” abstract acrylic painting  by John R. Redmond

I shared under painting in process and rough images of the painting as it had emerged.  Postings in August 2009 were titled,From A Crazed 21st C Urban Cave Dweller; To The Tune OF Quiet Evil and Underpaint On A Hot Day In August. Those photos were all taken with the canvases in their birthing environment of my apartment studio.  I applied much of the colour in this painting while listening to the album, “A Quiet Evil.” A Quiet Evil is the first release by LeE HARVeY OsMOND.

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Lee Harvey Osmond  (also see Tom Wilson, previous Sept. blog posting).

LeE HARVey OsMOND is the brainchild of Tom Wilson, from Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. Tom brought together an eclectic group of friends, a few Cowboy Junkies, and some Skydiggers, to develop a new sound they christened acid folk. With hypnotic rhythms and a lot of groove the group of friends now known as LeE HARVeY OsMOND.  Whether as a stripped- down solo show by Tom Wilson, or with a full five-piece band, LeE HARVeY OsMOND will take every audience member along on their "Trip".... (from their Facebook & Maple Music Bio)

Thanks for the inspiration lads.

I had the thought of painting something without reference to outer reality.  If what came out that has any resemblance to objective things is ‘accidentally on purpose’ which is my method of painting.  To pre-primed stretched canvas, I applied the white and black undercoating in layers of  random shapes and lines.  I did pay attention to the placement of certain blobs of paint.  There is design in the process. That is the ‘on purpose’ part of ‘accidentally on purpose’. Once the layers of undercoating had dried I applied colour by pouring, splattering and spraying acrylic paint and water.

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36” x 24” x 1/2” Abstract acrylic painting  by John R. Redmond

 From the online dictionaries . . .


- characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions; "a great concourse of phantasmagoric shadows" - J.C.Powys; "the incongruous imagery in surreal art and literature"

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36” x 24” x 1/2” Abstract acrylic painting  by John R. RedmondPhantasmagoric


a. A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery, as seen in dreams or fever.

b. A constantly changing scene composed of numerous elements.

2. Fantastic imagery as represented in art.

[Alteration of obsolete French phantasmagorie, art of creating supernatural illusions : perhaps fantasme, illusion (from Old French; see phantasm) + allégorie, allegory, allegorical visual representation (from Old French, allegory, from Latin allgoria; see allegory).]

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Painting in the Daze worth living,

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John Redmond

in Ottawa, Canada

John Redmond Art

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