Paul Kneale, born in Canada in 1986, has grown observing the relentless expansion of technology – wondering how artistic representation would be subject to change in this new, digital period.
Kneale – in addition to his original technique of using open, consumer-oriented scanners to capture an impression of the atmosphere in his studio – merges fine art practices and technology, as he melts the print with an acetone solution in order to transfer it on a different surface, which become his ‘scan transfers’ series.
In his new painterly series, the inks become his paint and acetone the diluting water, and become integrated in his technique to create scanner paintings.
Such practice doesn’t allow the artist to exactly predict the final result; Kneale experiments with acetone and transparency, bringing his artistry closer to a painting narrative, while keeping the bond with the scanner consistent through the entire process.
The vibrant colours reference the printer’s CMYK colour palette and, consequently, tie the artwork to the scanner; the rainbow drips and melts over the surface – blending the colours together as they are, eventually, printed on a large canvas.
Kneale’s artworks are a new way to read reality, a combination of digital and fine art that transcends binary code and relies both on technology and physical substrates (canvas or paper). Paul Kneale explores a new, re-imagined, way to experience reality both as a digitalised file and as a tangible canvas.