This month we're revisiting each of the artists interviewed here in The Art Room. I've asked everyone to choose a favorite painting or two from 2013, and to tell us the reason for their choice.
Jon Redmond has chosen West Chester, Borderline as one of his favorite paintings from 2013:
West Chester, Borderline oil on board 10"x10" 2013
I did a series of paintings behind some row houses in West Chester PA this past summer. I have always liked looking at ordinary architecture. I try to avoid any landmark type places as the paintings seem to get hung up on the locations excepted importance. These old row homes are wonderful in their forgotten layered history with many changes and adaptations over the years. They also take me back to my childhood in this town where I spent much of my time in the alleys and back yards playing.
This painting was one of my favorites as I love the escape through the small dark walkway into another unseen space and light. I also like playing with the symmetry of these two not quite symmetrical buildings. This is on a small birch panel probably done directly overtop of a previous failed painting as I like the texture and color of the old painting enriching the surface and keeping the process from becoming predictable. I'm looking directly into the bright sunlight which gives me great contrasts and pushes most of the composition into shadow and allows me to key up the lights and saturate the color in the lights to make them pop and feel like the sun.You can find out more about Jon Redmond at his website, and by reading two interviews, one here in the Art Room, and one at Painting Perceptions.