Savage Shapes

by Eleanor Adair

I’ve always been interested in how self-consciousness alters our identity, so my art naturally becomes a way of exploring the different ways we define ourselves through others. I’m heavily drawn towards figurative art, and find the human form the best place to look at the extremities and disruptions that push us beyond the predictable and make the body talk. I tend to be an instinctive painter, so that I work in the moment rather than from plans. I think this means the art is less censored, less concerned, even if it’s more chaotic or absurd. With figurative art, the artist plays a role in filling up space that challenges the contained, precise and predictable forms we’re so often presented with. Once eyes start moving outside of those shapes they become exciting again. The bodies that materialise in my own work are an alternative account of the routine human form; bodies for eyes that like to wander.

Line Dance, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Line Dance, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Line Dance 2, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Line Dance 2, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Line Dance 3, ink on paper 20x30cm

Line Dance 3, ink on paper 20x30cm

Lemon, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Lemon, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Lemon 2, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Lemon 2, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Swans, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Swans, oil on canvas 100x75cm

Angels, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Angels, oil on canvas 60x75cm

Floorboard, oil on canvas 50x60cm

Floorboard, oil on canvas 50x60cm

Head studies 1,2 & 3, felt pen on paper each 20x30cm

Head studies 1,2 & 3, felt pen on paper each 20x30cm

Yellow Evolving, pen on paper 30x40cm

Yellow Evolving, pen on paper 30x40cm

Yellow Evolving 2, pen on paper 30x40cm

Yellow Evolving 2, pen on paper 30x40cm

On Pink, pen on paper, each 20x30cm

On Pink, pen on paper, each 20x30cm

Bluemen, pen on paper 30cmx40cm

Bluemen, pen on paper 30cmx40cm

Blueman 2, pen on paper 30x40cm

Blueman 2, pen on paper 30x40cm

 

Eleanor AdairEleanor Adair was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. She has exhibited internationally including London, Paris, Edinburgh and in the US. She has no formal art training and currently lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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77 Comments on “Savage Shapes”

  1. September 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    Great ! very strong paintings .

    Liked by 12 people

  2. October 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    These have that jarring quality of thoughtful beauty. And strangely, they remind me of the work of Andreas Vesalius – that anatomist whose eyes and mind must have wandered as he drew what he studied… More, please!

    Liked by 9 people

  3. October 5, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Stunning colours! I get such an expressive and emotional feeling looking at them.

    Liked by 10 people

  4. October 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    Spellbinding! Mind checking out my blog? Leave a like and comment if you like it! http://iamjishnu.wordpress.com/

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  5. October 5, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    Eleanor, I love the ideal behind your art. I love the idea of drawing from the present such that it unleashes the rawnness of an artist.

    Your art was and is breathtaking. I hope I get to see them in person someday 😉

    Best wishes!

    Nurfatma

    Liked by 9 people

  6. laiq
    October 5, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    it’s interesting art .keep on .

    Liked by 10 people

  7. October 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    May neymiş emircan

    Liked by 7 people

  8. October 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    No

    Liked by 5 people

  9. October 5, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    The paintings have a very thought provoking sense about them! Excellent! http://inspireafeeling.wordpress.com/

    Liked by 9 people

  10. October 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Such cool stuff!

    Liked by 8 people

  11. kumar100dillip
    October 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Sorry but couldn’t grasp these paintings…..
    Out of my imagination….but still fantastic

    Liked by 7 people

  12. October 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

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  13. October 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Great work of art. The strokes are momentary, the images are poetic, a bit undefined just like life itself. Well done.

    Liked by 5 people

  14. skrylcomputers
    October 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    Indeed strong

    Liked by 6 people

  15. October 5, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Mesmerizing!
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    Liked by 6 people

  16. October 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Read my blooog

    Liked by 4 people

  17. October 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    yeas! so well worded

    Liked by 5 people

  18. October 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    Beautiful art

    Liked by 4 people

  19. October 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    Grt creation

    Liked by 5 people

  20. October 6, 2015 at 12:44 am #

    Reblogged this on feelingthegbedu.

    Liked by 4 people

  21. temxni
    October 6, 2015 at 2:54 am #

    these are really good! i like “on pink” and “head studies”

    Liked by 5 people

  22. sassykabassy
    October 6, 2015 at 3:08 am #

    Wow, this is beautiful in it’s own way

    Liked by 6 people

  23. mrsnikolaichuk
    October 6, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    I found them very touching and chilling. Thank you, I felt the art.

    Liked by 5 people

  24. October 6, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    You are demon possessed. Simple.

    Liked by 4 people

  25. October 6, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    It touched me, bro…

    Liked by 4 people

  26. October 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

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  27. October 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Frankly, terrifying, disturbing, and unrelentingly beautiful.
    The very best

    Liked by 4 people

  28. October 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    Amazing work.

    Liked by 5 people

  29. October 6, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    Reblogged this on Simply Magical.

    Liked by 6 people

  30. October 7, 2015 at 12:53 am #

    Excellent work. On pick is my favorite.

    Liked by 6 people

  31. October 7, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    Hey guys please check my page i post really cool stuffs.

    Liked by 5 people

  32. October 7, 2015 at 3:59 am #

    I like the bluemen works a lot. thx for sharing, lass 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

  33. October 7, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    Amazing.

    Liked by 6 people

  34. October 7, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Beautiful 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

  35. Beverley Schofield
    October 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Eleanor you capture my imagination each time you create a new work I love how the faces & nudes appear from what look like random strokes but are pure genius.
    Reds, yellows blues.
    stunning art work from a truly unique contemporary Artist.
    I tip my hat !!

    Liked by 6 people

  36. October 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Oh my god. This is really cool stuff.

    Liked by 6 people

  37. October 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Really nice pieces of art

    Liked by 6 people

  38. October 7, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Thank you for this concept explanation…I confess that I have had a difficult time truly appreciating abstract gesture art over the years, but your explanation really helped bring out the beauty for me…many thanks for your work

    Liked by 6 people

  39. October 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Thank-you!

    Liked by 5 people

  40. wjacobr
    October 9, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    I seldom venture into figurative territory–these paintings give me insight into how I might go at it in my own way. Art that makes me want to make art–the best kind!

    Liked by 5 people

    • October 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      I couldn’t agree more re. art that makes you want to do art…I was imagining the first cave man who saw a handprint and said “ugh..I can do that”

      Liked by 2 people

  41. October 9, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi please read my blog. And really cool scech I am in grade 4 I started my first blog when I was 4 and I am 8

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  42. October 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    Art was amazing. Can’t wait to see some more!

    Liked by 4 people

  43. bhavi16
    October 11, 2015 at 4:08 am #

    Nice

    Liked by 4 people

  44. October 11, 2015 at 5:41 am #

    Eleanor, I’ve just come across your work and sincerely I appreciate your art so much.
    Such an ideal way of expression. It all conveys deep emotions, the details are at the same time subtle and eccentric which brings to it an electrifies touch.
    I cannot actually choose which one is my favorite as they are all unique and provides strong emotions. I am from Mauritius and hold a blog on Mauritian artists, thus I come across various forms of expressions through paintings https://2doralielebrasse.wordpress.com/about/.

    I am actually in awe in front of yours! Being such masterpiece! Your style gives a flow to the overall concept of your art – “bodies for eyes that like to wander” – beautifully said and beautifully represented. Your art is inspirational and i will share your name as a complete artist that you are with my Mauritians counterparts for them to appreciate your talent as much as i do.

    Indeed so savage but so beautiful. Your art brings me to another “human” dimension – great use of shapes and colors. I can feel through your paintings that you live what you paint. Amazing. Keep it up and thank you for sharing.
    Love from Mauritius – Doralie.

    Liked by 5 people

  45. rahulprahlad229
    October 11, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    Nice

    Liked by 4 people

  46. October 12, 2015 at 2:57 am #

    Amazing work and blog. Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us.

    Liked by 3 people

  47. October 12, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Great work! Love the complex systems of textures and lines!

    Liked by 3 people

  48. bhavi16
    October 13, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    I didn’t understood what these paintings are???

    Liked by 2 people

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