Retro Collection

The Retro Collection marks a new area of experimentation in my art practice – combining realism and abstraction to create a painting which is simultaneously both detailed and blurred.

I’m thrilled to reveal to you my Retro Collection, featuring five new paintings each inspired by a classic symbol of 1980s pop culture – the ghettoblaster, tv, film camera, typewriter and cassette tapes. As someone who grew up in the 1980s, this collection was such a pleasure to paint as it gave me the opportunity to revisit my personal memories from this era.

With the constant development of new technologies, the 1980s was such an exciting time. I aimed to capture a sense of this excitement in this collection through the way I have energetically dripped, poured and scraped vibrant neon colours over the metal. Against these lively paint marks, gleaming areas of sublime untouched metal form the structure of these iconic relics. Much like the original objects, the paintings have an endearing tactile quality with their textural painted surfaces.

The Retro Collection marks a new area of experimentation in my art practice – combining realism and abstraction to create a painting which is simultaneously both detailed and blurred. I am really drawn to the invigorating effects of uniting these seemingly opposing techniques, and look forward to exploring this further in future work!

To view my 1980s-inspired paintings in more detail, please visit the Retro Collection page and watch the video below for an insight into my creation process for these works.


Paul Kenton

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