…I’m an obsessive artist. I find one thing and obsess over it, repeat it, elaborate on it and expand it. Once I’ve pushed it as far as it can go then I move on. My portfolio tells that story as I find one thing and push it so far and then leave it behind, you can see I did portraits and then stopped and started up drawing abstract patterns, pushed it so far then moved onto flowers, then skulls. I’ll know its time to move on when I become bored. - Paul Alexander Thornton
While perusing the web (thanks Pinterest!) I came across UK based artist Paul Alexander Thornton. The original site linked to the pin was from webneel, a “Design Inspiration” site that focuses mainly on “Photoshop, Graphic Design and Photography”.
Their article about Thornton shares a little commentary as well as a handful of videos of the artist at work; the majority of which are centered around his obsession for skulls & flowers. Many of his videos are also accompanied by his own, original music.
One of the many intriguing things about Thornton’s art & practices is that he uses an everyday BIC pen to create his works! I know that many artists today have selected this run-of-the-mill pen as their artistic tool of choice but boy, I am always still blown away at the control that they can achieve!
You can also learn more about the artist / view more of his work here.
Are you an obsessive artist?
I, personally, am most definitely an obsessive artist. Part of it has to do with my lack of excitement for change. Some change is good, & necessary, yes. But I like to live in a comfortable, consistent little world – unrealistic, I know. But a girl can dream, right?
The other reason I tend to obsess over certain artistic subjects is due to different artistic mediums. I can’t have all of my paint supplies out as well as a million skeins of yarn. Because of this I tend to go through “phases” of what medium(s) I am working in – this often leading to their own particular repetition of subject matters.
IN SHORT: I am an obsessive control freak that finds Thornton’s methods extremely impressive & his resulting works both intriguing & quite beautiful. The juxtaposition of life & death within his skull & flower works is an interesting thought to ponder over as well.
What do you think of Thornton’s work?
Too menacing? Hilariously ironic? Just right? I’d love to hear in the comments!