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91.4 x 61 x 3.8cm
Oil on canvas, 2020
(Unframed with Painted Edges)
"The journey home had been a long one. As a passenger, the warm afternoon sun and the drone of motorway driving had made me sleepy. We exited onto leafy lanes, and as we came over the brow of the hill, 10 minutes away from home, the light flickered through the gaps in the avenue of trees, and I basked in its green glow."
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.