my "extract" artwork projects...a bit of background / by Shaun Armstrong

In all things I'm interested in form, contrast, shape and the way these interact creating visual beauty. I'm drawn to parts of man-made items, especially machines for my artwork. This could a high-performance supercar, a classic aircraft, a musical instrument or a piece of iconic equipment such as an ENIGMA enciphering machine.

I look for the details and capture them in an image before using a number of digital colouring and patterning techniques to make them bold and interesting pieces of artwork.

Nissan 1

My abstract artwork (or rather "extract")* collections are developed from an image to produce art, albeit with honest roots, rather than works that are photographs in their own right.

I'm not a fan of Photoshop as far as digitally cutting, pasting and compositing is concerned preferring to know that the image beneath the treatment is still the originally chosen capture of a real thing and therefore its story has integrity. This is valuable whether you are buying an image because you are a fan of Porsche, or wish to show your business products off in an challenging way.

When created as part of a commission through my business image solutions, these works form part of the "decorate" service, building collections that adorn new buildings and people-facing spaces and helping tell stories too.

My self-generated galleries are evolving based on opportunities and partnerships, but my initial work is based on high performance cars and is known as artAUTO.

* I heard an interview with famous photographer, Ansel Adams who said photographs could not be "abstract", as they capture something that is actually in existence, rather than the free hand or palette of an artist who can be truly abstract. Instead photographs can be "extracts" and that is what I choose to do, even if they are not obvious literal views of the subject in any way.