"The eye moves around the picture plane and comes full circle, just as my own personal reflection of my past does."
- Sidney Teodoruk
Layered abstraction, figuration, text, colour and space embody Sidney Teodoruk's work - a Sydney-based artist represented by New Standard Gallery who is at the heart of the city's young art-scene. His paintings evolve through numerous reinventions, in a process rooted in layer-making, problem-solving and graffiti removal. Beginning with 'A Future Is Now', we asked Sidney about three of his paintings...
Sidney on The Future is Now: The Future Is Now is a painting exploring palimpsest, composition and colour. It's influenced largely from graffiti removal which is a theme I have been experimenting with for quite some time. I start with the application of a mark and then I remove sections by painting over it - just as one would see on the walls throughout the streets of Sydney. These marks can be text based or patches of colour. Both are of equal importance - to fill or overflow the picture plane. This creates a composition of overlapping colours and abstraction. It would be fair to say that this particular piece emerges from a from a multi disciplinary way of observing and making art.
'The Future is Now' (2017), acrylic, oil stick, oil pastel and charcoal on canvas.
Sidney on Middle Head: Middle Head is a large scale contemporary landscape painting. I have explored the space and tranquility of the scene at Middle Head in Mossman, Sydney. The text on the bottom right is an exact copy of the graffiti located on a slab of concrete on the cliff side.
'Middle Head' (2017), acrylic, oil stick, oil pastel and charcoal on canvas.
Sidney on I Couldn't Hear Her So I Leaned In And That's When Things Got Crowded: This is an expressionistic piece exploring themes of memory and previous relationships. There is a push and pull going on while desperately trying to find the balance. The eye moves around the picture plane and comes full circle, just as my own personal reflection of my past does.
'I Couldn't Hear Her So I Leaned In And That's When Things Got Crowded' (2017), acrylic, oil pastel and collage paper on canvas
You can enjoy more of Sidney's work on his website: https://sidneyteodoruk.com/about