weekly discovery

Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Rod Jones, The Creator of Receptive Abstract Patternism

Tagsmart discovers Rod Jones, a Southern Californian artist known to be the creator of receptive abstract patternism.
Rod Jones says: “I push my chosen art style with every painting I do. Some are more successful than others. But I’m not afraid to challenge either the viewer or myself. If I can use color and form in an eclectic way and still maintain some semblance of continuity, then I am accomplishing my goal.”

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The style he embraced is one that evolved from initially painting in the Impressionist style. Today his art is considered by many to be especially authentic. When viewed, the body of his art has a common theme yet each piece clearly stands on its own. His work is constantly evolving and the style that he has created is open-ended and has no restrictions.

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His style has been named Receptive Abstract Patternism™, a term coined by his daughter. She determined that the style revolves around the artist receiving conscious and sub-conscious signals and stimuli to create an image independent of common form, held together by the continuity and comfort of a pattern.

The style is ever evolving, but so many of the pieces that have been created are a testament to true artistic originality.

Find out more about the artists by visiting his website: https://rodjonesartist.com

Tagsmart weekly Discovery: Charles Clapshaw, a Tropical Paradise

Charles Clapshaw is a post-abstract expressionist painter from Australia inspired by the great masters of art such as: Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, Milan Mrkusich, Donald Judd, Michael Johnson, Kandinsky, Malevich, Klee and Hilma af Klint.

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Form and colour dominate Charles’s art with the painting developing the shape of the subject along with the texture of the paint.  
The subjects of his art, consist of personal stories interwoven among theories of space, dimension, and weight. The simplicity of the lines and the vibrancy of the colourful layers makes its form the sole subject matter.

Charles uses the space of his canvas to create visual tricks based on viewing angles and lighting by giving the observer the ability to move around the painting, look underneath and up above the work and yet adds another aspect to how his painting can be interpreted and viewed.

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The lines and layers in his work create a unique space on the canvas and reflect the painter’s unique style. Breaking the logic and rules of the paintings is part of Charle’s ongoing contradiction.


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Charles Clapshaw is currently in Bondi Australia painting a wall drawing. He has works for sale in Bali, Bangkok, and Edinburgh.
For more information visit his website: http://charlesclapshaw.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlesclapshaw/
To buy visit: Saatchi Art

Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Spencer Murphy between Photography and Painting

The award-winning photographer Spencer Murphy was born in 1978 and grew up in the Kentish countryside. He trained in Falmouth College of Art and he now works and lives in London, dedicating his time to creating his own artwork and taking photographic commissions.


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From award-winning portraits to post-apocalyptic worlds, Spencer Murphy’s ability to dance with light often borders on ethereal. He is a master of portraiture whose portraits looks more like paintings rather than photos, earning him a place hanging among the greats in England’s esteemed National Portrait Gallery.  He has collaborated with various magazines, including The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Monocle and Wallpaper. Some of his portraits have been featured on the Rolling Stones Magazine, GQ and Dazed and Confused.

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Spencer has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition 7 times between 2006 to 2013 and in 2013 he won the Taylor Wessing photography prize. His work is now held in the National Portrait Gallery’s Permanent Collection.


Spencer Murphy’s awards:

Sony World Photography Awards, shortlisted 2010,2011,2013 Third Place Winner, Campaign, 2013, First Place Winner, Campaign, 2014/ Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, selected 2006 and 2007-2012 Third Place Winner 2012 First Place Winner 2013/ AOP Photography Awards Bronze Award 2009 / Creative Review Photo Annual, selected 2007,2009,2012 / AOP Bursary, winner 2006 / Creative Review-Creative Futures, commended 2006 / The Magenta Foundation, emerging photographers, winner 2006 / Metro Imaging Bursary, winner 2002

For more info visit Spencer Murphy’s website: https://goo.gl/aMkzo