GAB KOKAS
I continually search for unusual methods of surface treatment that challenge the tactility and traditional understanding of painting. It is through the physical presence of textures, colours and mark-making that my paintings do the majority of their communication. I try to avoid making any direct statements about the meanings of my paintings. The finished works focus on the primitive essence of art making; joining raw materials and natural elements with hands and tools. They are open to viewer interpretation, but the physical act of creating is the experience I enjoy the most. The paintings are built up using multiple layers that reveal subtle gradations and transparencies. The sculpted marks operate as a pictorial surface, but also make visible the physical act of creating the works. The paintings are in a constant flux as I excavate and alter the surface in a spontaneous manner.