Sharon Butler visits the studio of painter Andrea Belag whose exhibition S, M, L: Recent Paintings will be on view at DCKT Contemporary, New York from June 6 - July 18, 2014.
Butler writes: "Belag's process begins with color. When she was in Japan last year, she found a pocket-sized catalog of color combinations (above, on the table), and the colors for her paintings are chosen directly from the book. Thinned with stand oil and Dorland's Wax, the paint, mixed in plastic food storage containers, is transparent and deeply saturated. To avoid dripping, Belag lays her stretched canvases flat on a table, where she applies the paint with different tools, including a huge, 18-inch wide brush, spatulas, and various painting rags. Working on a table affords Belag greater freedom of action than she would have if the painting were on the wall. She walks around the painting as she works, dragging the brushes as she goes."