“The painting can develop something that is not at all related to the drawing and have no particular mood about it at all; it’s just a cool kind of reality that has a series of involvements within it; and the pure excitement of those things happening within this form is enough for that particular painting.” Franz Kline
There is nothing tentative about the work of Brisbane artist Damien Pasquale. A winner of the QCA Trevor Lyons Award, Pasquale uses rugged but controlled brushstrokes to explore gestural movement and architectural structures in his layered compositions.
With a nod to luminaries Willem de Kooning, Jack Tworkov and particularly Franz Kline, his bold monochromatic paintings pay homage to the origins of abstract expressionism in that their essence is the spontaneous nature of their creation. These are works that celebrate the action painters of the past with their textural inconsistencies, brush movements and visible records of the artistic process, but also look towards contemporaries such as Pierre Soulages, whose mastery of black pigment is fundamental to his practice.
Damien’s work has been included in numerous group shows throughout Queensland and Victoria, and most recently The Ambience Store Project #2 in Brisbane, 2016.
You can see more of Damien’s work here