Artist Phillipe Halaburda creates abstract maps that touch on many themes, and invite engagement from the viewer. Enjoy his portfolio and visit his website to see more.
I am a French artist, hailing from Aix-en-Provence, and the playful vibrant colors that I use in my paintings echo the bright primary hues and sunlight of this region. Recently I have been creating work in New York City, and I credit this with lending more minimalism and deeper tones to my palette. My artwork can be found in collections, homes, and offices throughout Europe, North America, Canada, and Australia.
Although my art can be described as abstract, my paintings explore the universal themes of love, personal crisis, beauty, and death, playing out in sprawling and imaginary urban maps and landscapes.
I see my canvases as springboards for building mental architecture. Exploring interactions between shapes and lines, I form “art topographies” that explore social tensions and relationships instead of addresses and landmarks.
Using acrylic paints, I make patterns that look like cities seen from high above, and in fact, my process is to paint on canvasses that lie flat on the floor. The geographies I construct are intricate and meticulous, yet emotionally charged, and become maps of passions, ideas, and dreams.
There is a spontaneity and expressiveness that is evident in the I make – lines that might be partial letters or numbers, large washes of paint, smaller shapes spiraling out that seem like fragments of earth or machinery.
To achieve this range, I have experimented with unusual studio tools, including replacing paintbrushes with rubber spatulas to create clean shapes and smooth, even applications of pigment.
My style is a graphic game of lines, strokes, colors, repetitions… it oscillates between binary opposites: imagination and observation, lucidity and frenzy. It blurs the boundaries between painting, drawing, and writing, while preserving a high degree of love for the colors.