Zandra Stratford's assertive abstracts employ vibrant, almost masculine blocks of impactful colour.
Her work seems as influenced by mid-century American expressionists as it does by classical Japanese woodblocks – determinedly constructed, yet artful, lyrical.
Preferring large canvases, she employs layer upon layer of acrylics and granular media, giving her work a sculptural presence, and play with light. In this way there is a quality of wabi-sabi claywork or pottery, amplified by explosive, uninhibited colour.
Stratford studied printmaking at the Victoria College of Art, after more than a decade's experience as an advertising Art Director. This informs her work's cadence, graphic sensibility and declarative confidence. But it's her obvious hunger for an impact beyond print or pixel that is evident by the three dimensional structures reaching the viewer topographically from the canvas.
Often using drip techniques in a style reminiscent of calligraphy – arabesques in ink-blacks –she punctuates the canvas with broad, generous strokes of the palette knife. Stratford's paintings are evocative of an idealistic, unapologetic modernism, and would not be out of place in the boardroom of a major airline c. 1962.
where to see or read more
shows: visit Zandra's website to see more.
web: Zandra Stratford has a facebook page. Visit for updates to her work.
twitter.com/zandrastratford for the artist's twitter feed.