About the Technique
Arron's unique sculptural paintings, which comprise his main practice, are produced using his self-devised and singular technique. He constructs worlds inside glass boxes, fully three-dimensional oil paintings made with syringes instead of brushes, that feature a transparent gel in place of a more traditional surface. The painted environments sit unsupported and seemingly weightless in space, able to be viewed and explored from almost any angle.
His technique relies upon the chemical repulsion of oil and water. The hydrogel is transparent and water-based. Into this he injects oil paint, building surfaces, objects, and textures; because water repels oil, the gel holds the pigment firmly in place. Two analogies that could be applied to this process are '3D printing by hand' or 'the ability to create forms from brush strokes in mid-air....er...gel'.
In a purpose-built environment, the pigment exists free of normal physical constraints, allowing the scene within the box to become a 'hyper fun space' where anything is possible. This technique also provides more freedom for the viewer; they can explore these worlds by moving around the work, discovering different views, experiencing form, texture, atmosphere, and detail. The medium allows audiences to touch with their eyes; to react to a site that can be unique and specific to anyone. This is painting truly freed from surface.
Arron's work is largely influenced by ecological, political, and socio-economic factors, immersed in an aesthetic designed to please whilst informing. The Welsh countryside, where he has spent nearly his entire life, is both a constant theme and descriptive tool. Along with allegory and symbolism, it is used to illustrate relationships, outcomes, and narratives. The works can simultaneously be a celebration and a warning; a history lesson and a nice view.