People, Places, Parties.
Kyle Cartlidge is a mixed media artist driven by the materiality of oil paint, his work focuses largely on the act of painting. The subject matter, deliberately unpredictable mirrors the chaotic way in which we interact with the physical, internal and digital landscapes of contemporary culture. Cartlidges’ key themes explore; memory, place and material, drawing influence from lived and observed life.
The images Cartlidge is interested in creating are often those weird moments of tension, this is sometimes achieved through subject, distorted figures, defaced landscapes, or moments of social awkwardness and others through material where the paint seems like it may slide off the face of the surface at any moment.
The visual language of the work exists somewhere between the abstract and the representational, areas are built up over a number of layers to create extreme impasto and supports such as screws or other found materials are sometimes used to hold the paint in place.
People, Places, Parties brings together work made over the last 3 years and includes various experiments throughout painting, sculpture & mixed-media. Cartlidge graduated from Staffordshire University in 2014, after completing his BA Hons: Fine Art and has continued his practice from his studio at AirSpace Gallery. Cartlidge was also a New Art West Midlands prize winner in 2016.