Alyssa is a contemporary abstract painter who has an extensive exhibition history and collectors worldwide. Primacy of mark making and raw expression is fundamental to Alyssa's practice.
It has become increasingly important to continually question the purpose of painting in the 21st century. At a time when there are so many creative mediums available to express creativity and ideas, painting remains a popular and powerful medium. Its ability to ‘exchange thoughts’ and depict ‘histories, ideas, events and emotions’ is both poignant and relevant (Harris et al. 2003, p.73). Put plainly, a ‘painting is a flat surface covered
with colours arranged in a certain order’ (Chipp, 1986, p.94). I am intrigued by the limitless potential that the combination of surface and colour holds and its ability to evoke human response. Primacy of mark making and raw expression is fundamental to abstract painting. I am drawn to its ability to aid self-discovery. I believe that abstract painting can be described as an act of self- investigation for both the artist and the viewer. I am particularly interested in the way in which different painting mediums act with and resist each other and how certain marks and colours can affect and manipulate how a painting is interpreted by the viewer.