45 x 45 x 0.4cm
Oil on board, 2020
(48 x 48 x 3.2cm Framed)
"There's such a luscious feeling to smearing oil paint on the hard surface of a board and then moving it around with rags, brushes and other tools.
The acid green-yellow of the field struck such a vibrant contrast against the purple hills in the background, and yet there was a shifting translucency, a delicacy in their appearance that I wanted to convey. I love the way the thin paint has followed the brushmarks in the gesso ground on the board as well — it sums up the rainy summer day."
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.