Aberration by Chris Summer

ARTIST NOTES: This is a charcoal drawing of an Abalone Shell, from my local beach in South Australia.
I was unsure when I found it if I would use it as a subject until I put it behind some lighting and studied it in black and white. It showed a deeply complex surface, with circular lines rotating around the whole form, crossed by larger lateral ridges for structural strength, and coated with white organic worm casts.
When I look at the finished result now, I enjoy just how much of a story it has to offer, and am inspired to do further studies of a similar nature, and with a similar composition to bring focus to that texture and detail.


DIMENSIONS (Height - 30.00 cm X Width - 49.00 cm )
MEDIUM ON BASE Charcoal on Paper
GENRE Still Life
REGISTERED NRN # 000-37225-0142-01
COPYRIGHT © Chris Summer
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Artist: Chris Summer


Chris Summer is from London, England. Today he lives on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.


With a design diploma and training in architectural drawings, Chris has been practicing his draftsmanship skills on some level for over 25 years.

As a self-taught Artist he uses his background in precise pencil craft to produce hyperrealistic works of the natural world, exploring the increasing division between us and the environment.


The balance of nature is faithful, born from Natural Selection in the fight for survival.

But it's also delicate and struggling to hold on under the rapid pressure of change caused by our need for consumption.

Chris' art uses subtle composition, negative space and intricate detail to form an an emotional connection with the observer.


"I love Art that leaves something to the imagination, gestural lines, palette knife strokes, allowing you to conjure some of your own mind and feeling into that story, but for me, painting textures and tones in that amount of detail is the only way to represent a subject in its true and honest form.


What could be more beautiful than that?"




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