Theresa Poulton lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne, in 2013 she graduated from Newcastle University as a master of Fine Art, prior to her MFA she gained a first class BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Sunderland, 2011.
Theresa is a hard-edged, abstract, geometric painter who makes works which fluctuate between the historical tradition of canvas painting and ‘painting in the expanded field’. Theresa’s boldly coloured canvases, painted objects and installations reference many historical artists; Malevich, El Lissitzky, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Matisse. Contemporary influences include the artists Biatriz Milhazes and Katharina Grosse, designer Emilio Pucci and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The importance of colour is evident within Theresa’s paintings, the science of colour, including the research of colour theorists Johaness Itten and Josef Albers is acknowledged. Theresa works intuitively, applying flat, opaque colours from her custom palette and also experimentally mixing colour directly onto the painted surface.
Theresa creates illusory environments of contrasting colour, distorted perspective, line, shape and form, exaggerating the sense of depth and space. Theresa makes no apologies for making controlled, precise works, she refutes the fact that they are about perfection, they hang on a wall, they become part of the wall and they occupy the space in which they stand.