By Kelly Baughman
Acrylic paint pouring artist, Kevin Clark, creates beautiful, colorful, one of a kind pieces that light up any wall in which they hang. A retail manager by trade, Clark’s artistic talent was discovered quite by accident.
Originally from Decatur, Mississippi, Clark found his way to the Gulf Coast in 2013. After suffering a major heart attack and undergoing a quadruple bypass surgery in 2017, Clark decided it was time to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. “I spent a lot of time recovering after the heart attack, and I started dabbling with paint while on the mend. I was pretty much homebound, so painting for me was like therapy and a way to relieve stress,” he said.
Acrylic pouring is a painting technique where acrylic paint is mixed with some type of pouring medium, Clark uses Floetrol, and then poured onto a surface like canvas, wood, or tile, in a variety ways. A pouring medium is mixed with paint to help the paint flow and blend. It helps keeps the colors separate, so they won’t combine into one muddy color when mixed.
It also extends the volume of the paint and helps prevent cracking. Free-flowing liquid paints and mediums are at the heart of the pouring process. Adjusting the viscosity and flow rate to work in tandem with how you want the paints to interact with each other is key. Sometimes colors are poured directly from individual cups, and other times multiple colors are combined into one cup and poured together.
After that, the surface is tilted in each direction to let the paint flow and the colors interact in unpredictable, yet always interesting ways. No matter which of the many pour painting methods or techniques you try, you can create your very own abstract fluid art at home.
Once Clark is satisfied with the colors and pattern of a piece, he then coats the entire thing in a lacquer resin that makes the colors pop and provides a shine that is smooth and glass-like, protecting the paint.
Clark said that paint pouring is messy, and finding the right space for the project is key to a successful piece. “You definitely want to find a place where you won’t be getting dust, dirt, or pet hair in the paint. Once it’s in there, you can’t get it out. I personally like to paint pour outside. The sun light really helps me see exactly where each color is going, and if things go haywire, it’s an easier cleanup,” he said.
“Even if you’ve never painted before and don’t consider yourself an artist, this technique is something anyone can do. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, and you can keep working a piece until you are satisfied with it. It’s a very forgiving way to create something beautifully unique,” Clark said.
Clark’s pieces can be seen in Artworks Studio & Gallery, located at 13700 Perdido Key Drive in the Villagio Shopping Complex. In addition, Clark is available for private and commercial commission work. To request a quote or to contact Kevin Clark, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.