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45 x 45 x 0.4cm
Oil on board, 2020
(48 x 48 x 3cm Framed)
"It's been exciting playing around with my application of paint on this piece. As well as big flat brushes, I've used straight-edged bits of plastic and a silicone blade to get some of the interesting scrape-y textures.
I've also added transparent glazes over the opaque body paintwork to get depth, and achieve my tonal/colour contrasts without covering up the surface-based mixtures of paint."
'Edge' was inspired by the expanse of space, and the light, the colours and textures on the upper floor of the Sculpture Lounge Studio complex, based at an old textile mill in Holmbridge, West Yorkshire.
The painting was shortlisted (along with 'Sundown In Isolation'), for the New Light Art Prize biennial 2020-21, and I wrote a blog post about it!
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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.