Bethany Potts

Painting created using blue and green oil paint, and translucent silicone using squeegee to drag the materials down to create a blurred effect, producing layers, and a heavily textured surface with jagged edges

Expanding Painting: Beyond 2D

A series of paintings made using oil paint and silicone, 2020

In Excess #1, 20x20cm, 2020

During my time on my MA course I began incorporating silicone into my work. I was drawn to this material for its thickness, malleability and transparency. The work produced this year is a continuation of exploring the physical matter of paint and silicone; aiming to both challenge and embrace painting. The shift from 2D to 3D allowed me to explore the sculptural potential of the materials.

Zoomed in photo of a large painting, showing a variety of gestures and shapes, using blue and green acrylic, oil paint and white silicone.
Close up detail of a larger painting, showcasing the variety of gestures, colour, sizes and shapes
2 heavily textured paintings on canvas, built up with highly pigmented layers of silicone and oil paint, the image focuses on the interesting edges I was able to create
Close up image of two of my squeegee paintings in the series; In Excess.
Painting created using oil paint and ceramic sealant for the bottom layer and translucent silicone for the top layer, creating a juxtaposition of opaque, matte, pastel colours, with a glossy, translucent vibrant layer.
Ceramic sealant and pigmented translucent silicone on canvas, 20x20cm, 2020
Image shows a close up of a wooden sculptural object I made and heavily layered with multi-coloured gestures of white and translucent silicone
Close up detail of a sculpture, 22x22x22cm, 2020


I am a visual artist predominantly working with paint, looking into paint as a three-dimensional material. As an abstract painter, my work has been focused on process and gesture, using materials to create heavily textured surfaces, using a variety of unconventional tools, such as piping bags and syringes.

You can see my body of work in relation to theoretical debates and my own consideration of the materiality of paint, which has led me to consider my works as an expansion of painting. The influence of art movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Excessivism has aided me to think about materiality, mark-making, shape and texture.

I work in a collaging process; I love this technique because the viewer can almost re-create the order and process in which the strokes were applied. When a skin forms, I can manipulate these movements before the material is dry which allows me to animate the gesture. With my interest in the close up of a painting, the emphasis on the individual brush mark is consistent, as well as my interests in the seduction of paint. This work reflects both what I love in paintings aesthetically and my perceptions of contemporary painting.




MA Fine Art

Part of exhibition plan