Jonathan Chapline’s ‘Computer-Appropriated’ Analog Paintings

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Jonathan Chapline‘s paintings emulate early computer graphics, while drawing upon the history of art in his work. The artist uses depth and shadows to add further mystique and drama to his scenes, moving between still-life and figurative narratives.

“Trained as a painter, Chapline incorporates traditional methods of mark making, sketching, and painting with rendering softwares in an artistic process that obscures the boundary between analogue and digital modes of production,” a recent statement says. “His paintings draw from the aesthetics of early computer-generated imagery and computer-appropriated images, employing techniques such as the use of color gradients to represent spatial relationships between forms. Painted upon a bright underlayer, these images are reminiscent of both cell phone screens and film noir sets. Still lifes of objects in domestic spaces are sourced from both material reality and the canon of art history.”

See more of his recent work below.