SELECTED WORKS BY Storm Tharp
Love Nothing More
Series of 21 works on paper, ink, coloured pencil, graphite on paper
Approx 76 x 56 cm each
Storm Tharp refers to his series of portraits Love Nothing More as paintings, although their media (paper, ink, and pencil on paper) suggest theyâ€™re drawings. The artistâ€™s confusion is telling: these are paintings that borrow the casual fluency of the speedy sketch, or maybe drawings that refer to the classical grandeur of the painted portrait.
Ink gouache and coloured pencil on paper
147.3 x 107 cm
The tension between old hat associations of two traditional modes â€“ the provisional glimpse against the measured analysis, letâ€™s say â€“ create the stage for Tharpâ€™s cast of sometimes grotesque, often sympathetic characters. Each faceâ€™s appearance is pitched between the seen and the glimpsed. As though mimicking the act of forgetting, faces blur and disappear in a cloud of marks: the act of description erases them. Ink is sucked backwards into the blankness of the paper (what was his name again?); the mediumâ€™s wetness makes nostrils and eye sockets splay madly (no, I donâ€™t think we’ve met).
Ink, gouache and coloured pencil on paper
147 x 108 cm
Tharp, inspired by the technique of Japanese calligraphy, uses the application of ink as a parallel of the mindâ€™s movements, its unexpected focuses and elisions. As with any portrait, Tharpâ€™s works are signs pointing to a void: the subject itself, physically absent, disappearing before our very eyes.
Text by Ben Street