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contemporary painting, illustration and textile design

paintings, drawings and textiles

painting, drawings, textiles, contemporary art


there are only patterns - artist Rune Christensen DK

Kirsty Warman

Untitled Portrait 3, 2015.  Acrylic, posca and molotow pen on canvas - 650 x 760 mm

No Fixed Address, 2015.  Acrylic, posca and molotow pen on canvas - 610 x 610 mm

Rune Christensen is a self taught artist and globetrotter based in Denmark who is notorious for creating art within art. He has travelled the world, and became fascinated with the patterns and colours of traditional handcrafts, costumes and the temple decorations of Asia, South America, North Africa and Native America. Shooting all those artistic memories with his camera, he uses them as references for his work, both with acrylic paint and Posca pens. Combining brush strokes and illustration makes sense for an artist who celebrates juxtaposition in his work (images and text via 19karen).

Reflection, 2015. Acrylic, posca and molotow pen on canvas - 800 x 800 mm

You as the viewer will be aware of my art practice, in that, each painting and/or drawing cannot be without pattern. Understandably then, I am drawn to Christensen's artworks. Further, I have observed the quote to follow, that typifies pattern, one of which, I am somehow going to muse over and consider for my February exhibition. Somehow. 

There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. 
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. 
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. What we can't understand we call nonsense. What we can't read we call gibberish.
There is no free will. 
There are no variables.” 

― Chuck PalahniukSurvivor