Paul Kneale is a visionary and an interpret of the constant flow of data and information exchanged in our new, digitised, era. His scanner paintings are translations of several atmospheric impressions captured with a domestic scanner.
The conceptual evolution of the atmospheric qualities of the space as perceived by the digital (the scanner) into tangible canvases reverses the shrinkage of the real in a repetitive binary code through digitization.
His series Sfumato, exhibited as part of Compression in Brussels, Belgium, references the traditional painterly practice of the sfumato in the smoky shades of grey blending on the canvas.
A nod to his earlier American Night series, and Hollywood production techniques, the dark palette of the Sfumato works originates from being created in extremely bright light conditions. The petroleum-like colours and expressive shapes giving movement and depth to the canvas derive by what Kneale defines as ‘productive misuse’ of his scanners: by breaking and overworking them, they each yield different, characteristic effects, which the artist employs as his own unique set of paintbrushes.