MIRAGES – Haute Pâte style

The term Haute Pâte generally refers to a painting technique in which the artist uses thick layers of impasto paint mixed with other materials. The component of such paint can be sand, chips, cement and others. The intention of the Haute Pâte artists is to highlight the nature of the material and its structure.

MIRAGE Bartosa Saro in Haute Pâte style

In his expressive paintings, Bartos Saro focuses on paint as a physical matter and the material properties of this medium. Saro, primarily an abstract artist, investigated how the physical structure of an image, or unique, rhythmic forms, can give emotional meaning to abstractions. In his career, Saro studies the formal problems of painting using Haute Pâte as means. His painting goes through numerous stylistic changes in successive series of works. The artist most often refers to gesture painting.

Painting technique of Bartos Saro

Haute Pâte is a technique that uses a thick impasto paint to which materials such as sanded glass, mud, sand, feathers, cement and shells are added. The accessories can by any kind and they influence the style and character of the work. Bartos Saro is limited to acrylic paint mixed with a binder and sifted sand. The layers of texture and paste used in the painting are very delicate and at the same time fancy.

Heavy Haute Pâte paintings, painted with thick paste, are prone to cracking. Saro avoids such effects. The surfaces of his paintings are perfect, creating unique rhythmic patterns on them. Saro’s paintings typically consist of a textured substrate layer made of sand mixed with an acrylic-based binder. Characteristic for the artist is the use of black paint as a preparation for the painting surface. Thanks to this, the images show a clear pattern of unpainted ground.