Summer Downpour, Rushbank, 2020
Availability: Currently with Sculpture Lounge Gallery, Holmbridge, UK
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61 x 61 x 3.8cm
Oil on canvas, 2020
(63 x 63 x 4.5cm Framed)
"Memories from a fab day out touring North Yorkshire on the North Yorkshire Open Studios trail. It was the middle of summer, but the rain was torrential as we drove back down this moorland track to Carleton, after visiting an inspiring collection of artists and ceramicists exhibiting at the beautiful home of Bridget Tempest".
This painting is framed in a simple contemporary black-painted wooden tray frame.
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.