Artwork of the Day: Crossing III, Joachim McMillan
Joachim McMillan’s paintings are charged with action, energy and motion. Each painting tells a story, he says, “and is designed to draw the viewer into a shared experience.”
I have developed various techniques which I use to create different effects within my paintings such as the feeling of motion, mosaic imagery, the sense of rich texture, or a detailed etching.
Inspired by his high-tech work experience, Joachim calls his trademark mosaic style “pixelism”:
Pixelism is inspired by the digital imaging used in computer technology. The approach is characterized mainly by the presentation of an image whose surface has been fractured into a distinct configuration of squares of texture, color and pattern that create a multifaceted effect like a mosaic or stained glass. The broken surface of the painting causes the subject to be presented in a fragmented state.
A self-taught artist, Joachim worked with watercolors and acrylics while growing up in the island nation of Grenada. At 15 years of age he was already creating cartoons for two local newspapers, and soon after that he was showing his work at Grenada art galleries. Joachim moved to New York City while in his 20s to study technology. He later moved to the West Coast to work for a leading semiconductor company, but continued to explore art techniques and to refine his technique with oils and palette knife. Joachim has exhibited his work in solo and group shows around the United States.