Experiments with light.


A collaborative project combining the paintings of George Sfougaras and electronics from Dr Paul Rudman.

‘Space and Time’….


Some time ago, I posted about the painting entitled ‘Space and Time’ (see my blog http://bit.ly/2fG2xjt and Paul Rudman’s blog describing his work in detail http://bit.ly/2fG39pB ). This large painting aimed to demonstrate that visual interference on the painting surface could enhance the experience of looking. I was convinced, and still am, that objects strategically placed on the surface of a painting added value, rather than creating visual dissonance. The addition of a lighting source created an additional element to the appearance and meaning of the painting.


Image above: The painting with light streaming through the studio skylight.

It took a significant time investment and a number of experiments by Paul to arrive at the completed work. Tiny high-power LEDs (used originally in large clusters for street illumination) are arranged around the painting, mounted on metal heat dispersers. They are controlled by a purpose-built and programmed Arduino-based circuit. (Further information and explanation will be provided alongside the exhibited works).5








Significantly, this is a unique configuration designed to cast deep shadows across the painted surface. A fading effect allows for a smooth transition of the warm light across the painting. You can see a video of this work in action at http://bit.ly/2gHEPDs

Bearing Witness ( subsequently entitled ‘In Memoriam’).


During the design and creation of the lighting for Space and Time, several other painting and experiments ensued. ‘Bearing Witness’ alludes to the tragic events of recent years. The diverse ethnicities of the ‘victims’ refer to the indiscriminate nature of these acts.  Printed 3D cubes and votive offerings; fragments of memories and images of a mausoleum; braille and painted shadows.

Again, Arduino-controlled LED lights were incorporated into the frame to add further meaning to the painting. These lights provide a gentle flickering effect as individual candles are lit, and a powerful light defines the permanently-visible shadows.


A detailed explanation can be found on Paul’s blog at http://bit.ly/2gHYzqc

You can see a video of this work in action at http://bit.ly/2gWWs2B

Paul Conneally


‘Paul Conneally’ are a series of portrait paintings based on self-portrait photography by local poet and artist, Paul Conneally. See Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Conneally

This work incorporates angular additions to the base over which the image is seen to flow. Adjusting the lighting direction and intensity changes the visual effect of the work. Initial experiments used a randomised light sequence controlled by a number of mechanical timers, as can be seen in this video: http://bit.ly/2g8N7kh .Based on these experiments, Paul created a more effective solution, again using an Arduino-based system and bright LEDs. You can see a video of this work in action at http://bit.ly/2gzU9z1


This large portrait of Paul Conneally is on birch plywood. 189 fragments were cut and reassembled in a technique that imitates that of cut-up poetry. See http://bit.ly/1R61Afo

Further experiments

Further experiments making up this body of work are shown below:


‘Broken’ Cut and reconstructed birch plywood.


‘GONE’ Acrylic on 1 cm hardwood cubes.

Second life works

The following example was made in Second life, by importing  a photograph of  the original 3D painting and manipulating it in virtual space.  The finished outcome was exported, enhanced and printed as  a Giclee print on German etching paper.  Several images were created using this technique.





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