Monday, June 20, 2016

Stain I


Mixed media on canvas 36" x 36"

I have been working on five paintings of this size simultaneously for the past few weeks.  I suppose they are inspired by memories of spiritual ritual and iconography that I have seen and experienced in my life and which despite logical decisions about "belief systems" cling to the subconscious in an odd kind of way.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition


I am so pleased to say that my painting "Remembering Hepworth" has been selected for this year's  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. The exhibition is on from 13th June to 21st August and promises to be an interesting and thought provoking experience.

This painting has now been SOLD.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Landform I


Mixed media on canvas 36" x 36"

This is not a re-work but it is a re-post, the reason being that firstly the digital image was far from good in the original post and secondly it was the first of this series that survived so I have renamed it Landform I (from Landform IV). The trouble with a numbered series when you work in a developmental way as I do, is that you get tied up in knots with the numbering. All the other Landform stuff has been discarded or is now in line for re-working 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Landform II (re-work)


Mixed media on canvas 36" x 28"

This is a re-work of a re-work, as is often my habit. I find usually that I have to live with something, sometimes for quite a while, before I can tussle with it again having the courage to be totally honest with myself  (feedback for learning) about what it is that is not quite satisfactory to me. This painting now is but as usual it's more compelling in the flesh than in digital.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The death of innocence


Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 20"

There is a bank of trees on the rise of a hillside not far from my house. I have tried many times to paint them but this painting arose purely out of my subconscious. I believe we store memories and images which the process of pure painting - so called abstract painting - brings into evidence without us even trying. 

Blame Kafka


Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 24"

We spoke but they did not listen


Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 24"

Tabular II


Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 24"

Tabular I


Mixed media on hardboard 28" x 24"

Monday, April 25, 2016

Seeking the circle


Mixed media on hardboard 24" x 24"

"You do not need to leave your room.  Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary.  The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

Franz Kafka

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hammershoi's Ida


Acrylic on hardboard 16" x 16"

The Danish artist Hammershoi remains one of my most favourite painters. His figures struggle quietly within tidy, empty squared off rooms lit by a cool northern light.  I wanted to know how he felt painting so I decided to partially copy a painting he did of himself and his wife Ida. What happened was that in my piece Ida became someone else - her sister or an older version - or a person from out of my past imagination, I don't know. I could not be Hammershoi, only myself. The urge comes sometimes to paint a portrait.  Did you ever see the paintings of the 17th  century Spanish artist, Zubaron where cool faces emerge out of darkness and are at risk all the time of falling back into it? 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Talisman


Mixed media on wood panel 24" x 24"

The central grey and white motif is made with plaster which has been allowed to set and then painted and carved into to reveal the original whiteness. The orangey parts of the work are finely ground, brown, ballast poured on to wet paint.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Harmony


Mixed media on hardboard 16" x 16"

It's wonderful to work on a hard board because the incising work is done at full pressure without fear of going through the support as is the case with canvas.  Ben Nicolson, the mid twentieth century English painter used incising a lot but I always think his work lacked the spontaneity and fluidity of his wife Barbara Hepworth.  Nevertheless there is a lot to learn from him. 
When you see this painting for real the incised marks are almost golden in places. This is simply the underlying primitive board revealed. I like the way that in itself can provide "colour". 

Discord


Mixed media on hardboard 16" x 16"