Ewa Dawid – RETRIBUTION – action painting

Ewa Dawid – RETRIBUTION – action painting

Action painting or action-art is painting based on gestures. The term also describes a painting technique. Action painting involves the use of a spontaneous, unhindered way of applying paint to the canvas. There are many ways to paint. It can be splashing, spilling, rinsing, scratching, smudging. The creativity of artists is the basis for the formation of individual painting conventions.

Action painting by Ewa Dawid is based on the assumption that the goal of creating an image is not the image itself. Not the effect itself, but the process of creation is the essence of the painter’s work. The only thing that matters is the physical process of painting, the act of creation.

The RETRIBUTION series shows the painter’s creativity in the selection of painting techniques and tools. In the case of Ewa Dawids' works, the use of the term „painting” is not an appropriate one. As an action painting painter, she uses individual methods of applying paint to the substrate. A peculiar way of painting by Dawid is the use of unique painting tools. Artists often use their own hands in the creative process, but also generate their own tools. They also use other methods, such as rolling over the canvas, imprinting. The tool mark creates unique patterns. Yet another way is to use paints of different densities and textures. Thanks to this, the range of effects is extended to include spots, drips and rinsing. The catalog of the means of expression used by the painter is wide.

Acrylic paint is a medium that is very well suited in action painting. It allows for impulsive painting, as the paint dries very quickly. This quality of acrylic paint reflects Ewa’s painterly temperament, as she creates in a very impulsive manner and does not wait too long between adding new elements to the canvas. The acrylic technique allows her to achieve a balance – to create on the border of consciousness and subconsciousness.