45 x 45 x 0.4cm
Oil on board, 2020
(49 x 49 x 3cm Framed)
"Looking up the main staircase into the interior of the building is a fascinating array of angles and perspectives. The contrasting lighting—from the sickly fluorescent strip to the icy blue from the glimpsed northern lights—casts colours and shadows into the scene, playing with the dimensions of the space."
This artwork is framed in a simple contemporary black-painted wooden tray frame with 5mm shadow gap.
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.