Furthermore, the artist moved from the single color shapes to using rainbow gradients as fillings. Experimenting with different styles of lines, such as crisp, fuzzy, pixelated, colored, the artist was inspired to develop techniques to paint rainbow gradients within the lines. Thus this lead to a quite considerable shift in Buff Monster’s oeuvre, since black lines have been a defining feature of his artistic practice, related to the cartoon and comic tradition.
In regard to the title of the exhibition Composure, it relates to the tranquil state of mind that accompanied the artist, while working on the pieces. Buff Monster perceived the time of this creative process as positive and harmonious which should be transmitted to the paintings. Therefore he had to make some sacrifices; in order to surrender to the creative process, he had to ignore his emails, Instagram and other typical aspects of our modern lives.
He turned the disadvantages of our age to sources of inspirations. Thus gradients and pixelated lines are a reference to our increasingly digital lives and the significant changes that have occurred in the field of art. Art works are being informed by digital techniques more than ever before, and are being seen digitally, mostly via social media, like never before. Therefore the artists believes: „Creating these paintings would be easier digitally but painting them with analog techniques is important.“
Tania Di Brita