Sigmar Polke

Untitled (Triptych) 2002 by Sigmar Polke 1941-2010

Sigmar Polke is a German painter and experimental artist. With his artwork, he uses a broad range of media to create layered and textural effects in quitenan interesting way. What I really enjoy about his work in particular is the mark making and printing he does on top of his work. This technique also adds to the layered effect his work has and gives it a more textural depth. This technique is something that I would really like to use for my own pieces as I find it makes the pieces look less flat and gives it a more three-dimensional effect. Another way you could do this with layering, is experimenting with different medias by mixing paint with chemicals like bleach to create different effects that Polke does in a few of his pieces. In particular, this method works well with watercolour paints as it creates a bleached out effect where the chemical has been added on parts of the paint. His choice of colour for his pieces is also something I like as it makes his work aesthetically pleasing.

I would like to use Polke’s techniques to develop my own work by using different medias as he does to create effects on my pieces. I could do this by using bleach with watercolour, different textural medias to layer up like fabrics, crackle paint .etc. And also by using ink to create different kinds of mark making instead of just using stamps.

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