Anna Turner

I create hard-edged paintings on plywood that are rooted in pure form. Flat areas of colour are rimmed by a hard, clean edge. Forms are independent of any basis in reality and have no symbolic meaning. They are autonomous shapes, sufficient in themselves as shapes. Vibrant solid colours are mixed with soft pastel shades, mixing matt and gloss finishes. Hard-edge painting is known for its economy of form, fullness of colour and smooth surface planes. I have been working on plywood panels giving the paintings a rigid structure, mixing varnish, bare wood and paint. My work is minimal in form giving the materials a primary role. Abrupt transitions are found between colour areas creating visual contrast between each other and the bare wood. Although I work hard to create a meticulous finish to these paintings with a build up of layers using tape and mediums, the subtle ridges this technique achieves is evidence of their hand made nature. These are not digital productions they are carefully constructed leaving little to chance. They are not reductions but pure abstraction created slowly layer by layer. 

‘Nothing more concrete or more real, than a line, a colour or a plane’ – Theo Van Doesburg