This past decade during my ongoing development of the Vere’ / Eglomise’ w Reflective Elements style of art I continue to produce, fully satisfied my desire for artistic expression! The techniques gleaned from multiple levels of more than 30 years of experience give way to a self confidence for these two-dimensional objects. I consider most of my recent work fine art although, some might see differently?
A new genre of artistic expression? No one I am aware of is painting exactly in this way, with these materials. I steady on… Read more
Life is after all about change… My carrier as artist at large has turned into uncharted waters when in search ...of the never before experience of art! The time period for these changes would be counted in decades, a shift in my aesthetic reasoning, once every ten years. In early spring of 2005 I got a call from a designer whom I had worked with during my decorative painting years, she asked if I could antique a large mirror for her? My reply: “ Well Betty, I’ve never tried this but for you, I will give it a shot”! The process for “antiqued mirror” was known at this time and in 2005 “antiqued / distressed mirror” was becoming very popular incorporated into interior design schemes. Not to drag the details… I worked out a new process for distressed mirror by way of discovering a way to convert sulfated potash / liver of sulfur into a stable gel form. With an extended shelf life and where the gel could be measured incrementally for controlled results while etching the silver coating on the reverse side of a new plate glass mirror. From this discovery came Mirrortique, a new small business for antiquing / distressing plate glass mirror. The images in this section were the beginnings of techniques and process with mirror that to my knowledge were unique in design. I left Mirrortique in 2013 and where techniques for my current style of Vere’ / Eglomise’ w Reflective Elements were discovered.
The following collage of images are examples of my primary mediums and styles produced between 1994 and 2005....Some of these objects are student work and others were produced between 1996 - 2005 in my studio, the coal testing lab and shed of the former Republic Steel Works in the confines of Wade Sand & Gravel here in Birmingham, Alabama . I initiated this effort on June 6 th 1996, restoring and building a studio included a gas fired glass melter, glory hole for reheating blown glass objects, annealing ovens, burn out oven and a gas fired metal furnace. Examples of my work that followed mediums of glass, metal and wood were chosen and set forth. I will offer additional comments about the intention inspiration and experience of working in this environment and through the various mediums mentioned, commentary will be presented in my blog on this site.
The painterly techniques included in my current style of painting with mirror / Vere’ / Eglomise’ w Reflective Elements ...developed during the time of Mirrortique’, the antique mirror business I initiated in 2005. Decorative painting techniques and my studies in Art Studio at UAB during the 90’s lent itself to the discovery of new ways for affecting the silver reflective coating on the back of a new “clear” mirror. During the process of adding new designs for Antique Mirror that progressed for nearly 6 yrs, I desperately wanted to return to my studio full time, the coal testing lab at the dormant Republic Steel facility within the confines of Wade Sand & Gravel. In 2012 this desire became a reality when my business partner Jamie Jaffe purchased my shares in Mirrortique. I moved back into my steel mill studio full time and began to further development objects of reflection, form & color. While immersed in the creative process, these objects of art with mirror, I focused on discovering new techniques for blending color, form and reflection into a balanced cohesive composition, waiting to see a finishing point for a particular piece and determining what the composition had to say then finally naming and signing the piece. The ideas generated by way of my processes were then as now linear and or fluid forms following a referenced thought or emotion generated by our every day lives, past present and future, events happening in present time or having previously happened around us. My work then as now could be categorized as several styles including landscape, abstract expressionism, modernism, cubism and or perhaps another style yet to be named? Art will in all ways have a reference to previous or existing forms in nature and or established movements or styles! At this time I am developing a new painterly style in the medium of Vere’ / Eglomise’ w Reflective Elements that reference “Things I Have Misplaced, an image of this piece is included in the “recent work” section on this site and on my instagram page timothypoe23.