‘Sigmar Polke (13 February 1941 – 10 June 2010) was a German painter and photographer.Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products. In the last 20 years of his life, he produced paintings focused on historical events and perceptions of them’.

Polke has been useful to look at in terms of how he uses layers within his paintings, as well as focusing on the structure of the canvas, and not just what it depicts. This has helped me refine how I want to think about my work- I want to emphasise thinking about the materials as much of the artwork rather than just the paint. Fo me, the fabric is forming a large section of the image. This is blurring the lines of what a painting is defined to be.

Untitled (Triptych) 2002 by Sigmar Polke 1941-2010

Untitled (Square 2) 2003 by Sigmar Polke 1941-2010

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