small abstracts on paper [chromatids]

XCIV, one small abstract painting on paper currently for sale, shown here mounted (matted), in striated, layered colours of deep teal green, prussian blue-black, dark aubergine-brown and grey…

from the series of one hundred small paintings started on one grey day in late 2008…

numbered I to C, aka the chromatids, 2008-2009

chromatids: the two strands into which a chromosome divides during cell division; origin, from the Greek ‘khroma’ meaning colour and id (an abbreviation of identity rather than id, of impulse or instinct)..

you can view more small abstract paintings for sale here.

small abstract paintings in the artists studio

here are a some of the small abstract paintings from the same series, hanging out to dry in the studio…

i had the idea that i would later frame all one hundred of these and exhibit them as one wall-based work…  but, being very small works on paper they also suited the idea to begin selling some small abstract paintings online…

my aim in this series was to explore visual relationships in both surface texture and colour, created in sequence but on a reduced scale – small, tactile colour studies that suggest abstract fragments of landscape, or colour samples from the environment, but are only identified by a reference number, a process inspired in part by genetic dna maps and product barcodes…

and here are a few photographs, taken down on the farm

thank you for looking…

aha… if you have scrolled down this far, then may i introduce to you three very small abstract paintings on postcards…

three small abstract paintings on postcards

untitled I, II & III , 2010
wax, bitumen, emulsion & acrylic on paper, mounted onto postcards

i received these back from the little postcard art exhibition at the king’s lynn arts centre – thus, perhaps starting a tradition of giving away these small exhibition remainders – all three are up for grabs, yes absolutely gratis…

to be in with a chance, just show your interest by leaving a little comment below (your contact email is not published or shared but is required to authenticate the comment)…

distinct from my previous art giveaway, this time just ONE WINNER will be selected at random after the closing date of 1st september 2010 to receive ALL THREE postcards…

the winner will be contacted by the email they have provided and will then need to provide the necessary contact information by return for the postcards to be dispatched to them.

thank you for reading and good luck…


  1. Charles
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I like the word ‘chromatid’!

  2. jacqui petrie
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    How lovely to find these
    reminding me of sea sky land
    as the day got dark last week near
    Lands End

  3. steven
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    This blog post was just what I needed for inspiration,
    I love everthing about this.
    All is beautiful and corrosive in my world again.
    Your work makes me stop dead in my tracks.

  4. Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    WHat an awesome name for a lovely series! Although I too would love to see all 100 of them hung together, I totally get the need to make some small works for sale!

  5. Jazz
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    thank you all for visiting and for your comments – it is much appreciated…

    the three postcards little art giveaway has some entrants already! – one ‘winner’ will be drawn at random after 1st september 2010

    to enter, just leave an ickle comment below…

    thanks :-)

  6. zzzzak
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months now and I find your work really interesting. The almost random effects of decay and degradation produce some woderful abstract images – and the colours are so suprising…