Struan Teague is an abstract painter and printmaker interested in how visual expression performs within a separate arena to written or spoken language. Working across both large and small scale canvases, screenprint editions, and artist books, Teague creates a visual language of forms through a balance of compositional structure and intuitive touch. The resulting works quietly comment upon the modes and systems utilised by working artists and how those methods are thereby relayed to the viewer. Teague’s use of instantaneous processes and materials – screenprint, spray paint, even dirt and spillage – force quicker and more irrevocable decisions to be made, resulting in intuition taking a crucial role in the image making process. Similarly, cropping, editing, and combining becomes a tantamount action within his practice. While such a manner of image-making involves an element of risk and uncertainty, Teague finds this element of his process the most intuitive, telling, and frequently the most exciting.
In this regard, all aspects of the ‘work of art’ are considered: including the artist in the studio; the cerebral and often distancing lexicon of art-theory and conceptualist thought; to the actual fundamentals we see before us – where a structured support and the canvas overtop transcend their materiality to become The Work of Art. Teague reminds us that the Artwork is at once an entire picture as well as a simply both the sum and independent of its parts; the combination and overlap of multiple pictures or images to create new meanings; and the space in which these series of images and artworks are displayed thus affect, defer from, and support one another. In the study of semiotics, these combinations work across independent marks to make meaning. Seen as an operative of Teague’s work, the manifold scales, techniques, and even most minute of gestures become as laden with importance as the sweeping, grandiose brushmark. Where quiet gestures withhold and disclose ideas larger than they first may seem.
Struan Teague lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1991. Graduated in 2015 from Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art and Design, Dundee. Recent exhibitions include group shows at Beers London, Royal Scottish Academy and Fifi Projects San Pedro, and a two person show with Bobby Sinclair at Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh.