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Partialist Painting


Is L. E. Gav Thorpe a Partialist painter?


I have very often been asked throughout my painting career and have on many occasions have had to describe the subject of my work and the style that I use when painting. It's more often than not, that I usually am referred to as a Partialist painter or one that uses a Partialist style. This is usually because there can be a great problem as these images struggle to fit into any existing styles, such as Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Portraitism, Realism or Abstractism. Although it does follow with some of these practises and I agree that it may share some similarities, it usually stands alone and is described as simply Partialist painting.



 
Partialism however is normally if not always associated with sexual practises or even sexual fetishism involving specific parts of the body such as feet, hands or hair. But technically this association with sex is questionable and when the word is split up into two, such as:

Partial - In part only, not total or as a whole or incomplete.
ism - A distinctive practise, system, philosophy or a movement.



partialism simply translates as: A practise or trend focusing on only a part of or an incomplete subject.
There is no reason then why this idea then can't be applied to other themes besides sex. Such as partialsim painting, which becomes - A practise of painting incomplete objects or subjects only in part.
This then could involve any secondary themes such as horror, romance, nature, action or comedy.





But why! What's the point in Partialist painting?

Being only a part or a segment of something makes any kind of partialist painting rather mysterious, adding a real sense of curiosity and intrigue for the viewer. In my case it's like when a woman steps out of a car and shows her legs before anything else or in the movies where the camera pans from the ground upwards, slowly revealing a person's identity. Don't you think that creates a feeling of mystery and excitement, whilst adding a great level of anonymity.

The shrunken man however sometimes presents the viewer with several more unanswered questions. Such as: Why is he small? What's he doing? Did she put him there? Is she just big and he's regular size? Are they a couple? Are they strangers? Do they know one another?

I like the fact that these paintings are usually quite simple in design but still manage to contain a light and sometimes saucy humour.