David James and Matt Girling; Pearlescent Evolution.

 

 

On the first studio session back in march David James started a painting that he has been working on ever since. It started as a still life of a dinosaur, a frog and a lizard toy I lent him for inspiration. We chatted a bit about genetics and the DNA strands that David had been exploring and how this new painting is a continuation of similar ideas. He has since gone on to include Reptile eyes, a Peacock, an Amarillo, David bowie and is currently painting fish swimming around eye balls. Each idea is in some way linked to the last and when one idea had been realised he moves on to the next. David calls it as an “never ending masterpiece”. Given infinite time, paint, and paper it feels like David would be able to paint everything that as ever existed. His ambition knows no bounds.

Pearlescent Evolution is a collection of Animation and Green screen experiments. It started when David was describing how he trying to capture the “iridescent eyes” and “idyllic eyes” using “pearlescent paints”. I have taken some of these words made green screen cut outs to show David how the green screen works.

 

We both agreed it’s a very effective way of getting interesting results quickly. We have been bouncing ideas back and fourth and experimenting by taking recordings of David’s painting and manipulating them to try and create the qualities that David talks about but are very hard to achieve with just paint on it’s own. I’m not sure that we have always done exactly what we set out to do but the results have been quite interesting regardless. Im looking forward to continuing to collaborate with David and hopefully will produce enough interesting footage to use for a full length music video. Heres’s what we have so far…

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