delmonte

delmonte

Paint

London
United Kingdom


Introduction

delmonte is a collaboration between two artists with very different styles to painting. Working jointly on the same painting in a response to music and sound brings these styles together to create a new language, a visual dialogue which combines diverse elements of harmony and discord, noise and silence. Helen McMahon's paintings exhude a still quiteness where smooth, blended, muted colours invite a contemplative space. In contrast, Jason Robinson paints with an energy where bright, impasto colours applied to the canvas move and shout. Despite these differences, each artist nonetheless shares a similar approach to making abstract paintings by working quickly, intuitively and instinctively. Working together on the same painting explores the idea of creating a new aesthetic with a discordant harmony; a melodic base is created creating a sense of place, a space for a narrative, however ambiguous and abstract, to develop. Taking their influence from various dissonant musical sources such as The Fall, Slint as well as John Cage and Penderecki, where a particular harmony resounds amongst jarring chords and syncopated rhythms, a new distinct style is formed - a clatter is heard  rather than ignored. Like a book being dropped in a hushed corridor, there is a visual disturbance amongst the stillness, which nevertheless creates a coherent, tuneful conversation.