Col Wallnuts

Col Wallnuts says about himself and his style of painting: 

As far back as I can remember I’ve loved abstract expressionism and modern art—the emotion in those paintings would draw me in, and seeing the movement of an artist’s brush as it created life on canvas always captured my attention. A major driving force behind my work was/is my grandmother, who was a self-taught traditional painter and supportive of everything I tried to achieve with my art. When I first started I was just trying to get my name out there by doing graffiti on the street. As I got older and more involved with my work, I realized that I wanted my art to be on a grander scale, so I involved myself with some artists that were doing street murals and that’s where I am today.

My work consists of mixing 3d styles and silhouettes of my letters, that create a wide graphical pallete with color and movement. The pushing and pulling of these elements make for very strong markings in my works. Using an open medium of acrylics, spray paints, oils, papers and found objects, my works become emotional with an array of surface life. A lot of my pieces contain heavy strokes, negative space and strong drip work, with the application of various textures and environments. These different elements within each piece creates a complex statement that provides energy and life to surface structures and the environment the work has been painted in. With each work I create I hope to facilitate a new and varied interpretation of color and life for the viewer. To me that helps in creating successful works built on emotion and thought.