Artist Statement:

John-Paul Rautio creates abstract work in chalk and charcoal. The images recall scientific photography: microscopic, rapatronic and astronomical. Rautio’s work is informed by Japanese enso paintings, although he trained his hand by studying the Western traditions of figure drawing. His use of charcoal references the cave paintings of prehistory. The forms emerge as Rautio rubs charcoal into a wood surface. They are theoretical objects that exist on a number of levels – as ‘figures’, ‘energies’ and depictions of the moment of their own creation.

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