What is Haute Pâte (Matter Painting)?
Haute Pâte (Matter Painting) is a technique that uses a thick impasto paint to which materials such as sanded glass, mud, sand, feathers, cement and shells are added. The accessories can by any kind and they influence the style and character of the work. Bartos Saro is limited to acrylic paint mixed with a binder and sifted sand. The layers of texture and paste used in the painting are very delicate and at the same time fancy. Heavy paintings, painted with thick paste, are prone to cracking.
Bartos Saro avoids such effects. The surfaces of his paintings are perfect, creating unique rhythmic patterns on them. Saro’s paintings typically consist of a textured substrate layer made of sand mixed with an acrylic-based binder. Characteristic for the artist is the use of black paint as a preparation for the painting surface. Thanks to this, the images show a clear pattern of unpainted ground.
Evolution of matter painting in Bartos Saro art
The term Haute Pâte (Matter Painting) generally refers to a painting technique in which the artist uses thick layers of impasto paint mixed with other materials. The component of such paint can be sand, chips, cement and others. The intention of the Haute Pâte (Matter Painting) artists is to highlight the nature of the material and its structure.
In Haute Pâte (Matter Painting), rhythms of colorful gestures appear embedded in the structure of the work on a dense surface. Each stain that has been spilled, drawn or drawn across the canvas is a unique sign. The applied paint is a record of physical activity. The expressive and expansive matter is unique in form. The elements of the painting poured onto the base create accents, rhythms and pauses. The painting refers to music, to the sounds of nature.
It becomes melodic, multi-sensual. This is a unique feature of the work of Bartos Saro. Saro’s work is characterized by two main formal approaches: first, the application of a substrate made of sieved sand. Second, adding color layers, poured or applied to the substrate with unique tools. The combination of formal aspects of the Haute Pâte (Matter Painting) technique and a reference to music is the timeless value of these works.