Action painting – or, more broadly speaking, abstract expressionism – is a style of painting which artist Ben Mosley has used to powerful effect to capture the drama and passion of sport, everyday life and the environment around him. Mosley values spontaneity and creates his images by stroking paint directly on to each canvas in a gestural, dynamic fashion. His work bridges figurative and cubist styles, taking influence from the form Picasso and the colour of Matisse.
“To mark make is a necessity I undertake each time I create a new piece of art, a journey that I want to overcome and each new painting is a challenge. When my brush touches the canvas for the first time I become a composer of shape and pattern. I sculpt and mould images, and build form through the exaggeration of shape and pattern that convey my passion for the moment. The sense of losing control and letting go to gain control is a method I use frequently.
‘I paint straight on to the canvas because I wish to maintain a certain amount of spontaneity in each painting’. ‘I believe this makes each painting individual and gives them a unique personality. Because I want to capture the dynamism, excitement and movement of the environment around me, my brushwork is gestural, angular and vigorous, and conveys the explosion of energy that happens within sport and everyday life’