Paul Kneale’s awareness of the trivialisation of reality through its digitalisation is at the core of his artistic practice. As the tangible shifts to becoming intangible, the artist questions the place of technology in the arts and what changes it brings to representation and aesthetic at large.
In the series Sfumato, Paul Kneale combines his signature scanner painting style with the appearance of a traditional painterly technique, allowing both of them to coexist on the surface of his large scale canvases.
Sfumato looks back to Kneale’s older works, American Night (2015) in particular, in which the artist addressed Hollywood’s recreation of night-time scenarios through the paradoxical over-lighting of the filming set. For Sfumato, however, Kneale exposed the scanner’s bed to Florida’s natural, yet very intense, indirect light – conveying the brightness of the environment through the presence of minimal shadows in the final scan transfer.
The shades of grey blend one into the other in a soft composition, pushing the idea of the scans as paintings in a conceptual evolution.