Brooch , David Neale 2010
A lot of the painting Ive done for the current exhibition involves stone dusts/ making my own paint from gemstones. Here Ive used marble, turquoise and lapis lazuli.
So I crush them into dust and mix them with binders.
Many people ask me how I do this...
With a hammer of course: Bam bam bam!
The surfaces are matte, and absorb the light a little.
In a jewellery context, this is a kind of weird gemology I suppose, but then again, in a painter's context, its very traditional. I recall that Lapis Lazuli was worth its weight in gold during the renaissance- because it was highly prized as a blue pigment. Typically it was used only for the most important features in religious paintings, like Mary's robes and so on.
If you havent seen the show yet, there's still time;
its on until Sep 4th
Emma Price and David Neale