91.4 x 61 x 3.8cm
Oil on canvas, 2020
(Unframed with Painted Edges)
"We turned up at the shotblaster's yard on a cold, wet autumn morning with a moody sky, and a strange eggy-coloured light. They're based at what used to be Union Mills in Milnsbridge, Huddersfield. The area is full of decrepit (but fascinating) remnants of the old mill works, with a mish-mash of add-ons and adaptations for todays occupants. I loved the angles and colours of the covered area with its pillars, and the narrative shown by the various exposed re-workings of the building."
My current work explores spaces, landscapes and structures—man-made or organic, and the interplay of one against and within the other.
How man has stamped his boots on the earth, built monumental engineering and architecture, created environments, and populated landscapes, later discarding those creations and moving on when use has been fulfilled.
The story of those left-behind places is frequently an interesting one—whether it's a story of decay and return to the earth, or one of life breathed back and a renewed purpose given.
I want the shapes I describe to be something both intangible yet instantly recognisable—solid objects, the space in between them, or an atmosphere created by light, shade and colour.
I luxuriate in the painting process—there’s something joyous in the ritual of choosing, mixing and applying paint to surface, using different tools and layering-up consistencies/textures to suggest something intangible and yet recognisable to the viewer.