Piece description from the artist
"The rich paintings of Chicago based artist Danny Augustine are abstractions yet specific explorations into his personal lexicon of colors, shapes and lines. What starts as a random splash of ink or water may evolve to interpret his mother's schizophrenia then shift to portray his inner landscape of memories and experiences, converging with the 24-hour stream of world news updates.
Augustine begins by pouring watered down ink onto a firm, yet smooth paper. Once the ink has dried, he submerses himself in a doodle trance and these doodles become projections of his own memories or current feelings.
The intuitive creation of these textural environments is a greatly cathartic process for Augustine and quite the poignant experience for us. And the young artist intends to stay the course. 'Each one of my pieces shall represent an emotional stepping stone within my life and find their own spot in the art world,' remarks Augustine."
Stated by Vanessa Smith for CURVE, Lebanon's most prominent art, architecture, design and lifestyle magazine.
Danny Augustine’s Intuitive Ink Drawings And Doodlings
July 24, 2015 by moray mair
Danny Augustine‘s ink drawings take us on a trip through his unconscious, each picture an intuitive expression of his past and present, of memories and experiences, of external and internal impulses, of 24 hour news.
Using pen and ink Augustine begins with an empty mind and a sheet of paper. And what starts with a random splash soon grows into an exploration of his concerns, feelings and the forces that influence his life, his process determined by a lexicon of particular colours, forms and lines. His evolving drawings grow out of a random movement and into a more articulate expression of his being, an unknown landscape that he traverses, bringing us with him, each image born out of memories and experiences and 24 hour rolling news; the Syrian civil war, the earthquake in Nepal, the posturing of North Korea.
This automatic drawing harks back to Surrealism and artists such as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Jean Arp and André Breton, who developed the form as a means of expressing the subconscious. And in these doodles, these watercolours, we get an insight into the mind of a young artist determined to synthesise the deluge of information that has become a hallmark of our age. Here’s what he has to say about his work:" Each one of my pieces shall represent an emotional stepping stone within my life and find their own spot in the art world. For me, I never have a set idea when I begin my drawing. I allow my mind to drift off and as the drawing grows, I begin to filter in current events as well as my own personal experiences. This combination creates a very personal viewpoint of the world around me."