Kyle Cartlidge is a mixed media artist driven by the material qualities of oil paint. The majority of Kyle’s recent paintings focus on studies of human nature and cityscapes, drawing influence from lived and observed life. The paintings are built up over a number of layers using thick impasto marks verging on the sculptural. The colours are lurid and unnatural, often squeezed straight from the tube, bringing an urgency to the work.
Alongside documenting the topography of his home town of Stoke-on-Trent and it’s inhabitants, Kyle has a strong interest in what it’s like to be an artist in the digital age: information 24/7, a constant flood of mediated imagery, social media and the self editing age. Through his work he observes the changes in human habits as technology intrudes on daily lives via smart-phones and an incessant need to be seen and heard via docile social networking sites.