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I have entitled this small series of works ‘transition’. It depicts the movement or development from representational image into non-representational, concrete object. By process of extrapolation from a fixed figurative image I have developed away from a focus upon the ‘subject’ of a painting into a fascination with the physical painting materials themselves, whilst recognising the inherent influence, if one is open to it, an artists’ environment has upon his/her working practice. This has come about due to my relocation from Glasgow, Scotland to Copenhagen, Denmark.
To me there is something revealing about Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s precise and sensuous use of materials bearing close relation to the quiet often un-developed nature of the work of German artist Joseph Beuys.
The series ‘transition’ ties in with the theme Europe – Euroopppa, because in the UK one feels distinctly removed or independent from Europe as a whole, and only by moving to mainland Europe has it become clearer to me what Austrian play write Peter Handke means when he says that beauty lies in natural, grown things that do not carry any signs or messages. I have managed to grasp more clearly the conviction that there are no ideas except in things themselves.
‘Aperture’, 2008, Oil on Board, 55x50cms, painted for a solo at Madder139 London, dealing with blind identity
untitled (after Goya), 2010, Oil & Beeswax on Canvas, 100x100cms, painted for a solo show with The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, dealing with identity and sensual expression through the disintegration of image.
the title is a painting, 2011, Oil & Beeswax on Canvas, 150x150cms, painted for a solo show with The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
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beeswax / mehiläisvaha, figurative / figuratiivinen, identity / identiteetti, non-representational / ei-esittävä, oil paint / öljymaaliComments
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