Representing without representation
The paintings depict groups, single figures and a number of big heads.
The subjects appear as a figural type or phantom. Equally it appears as an abstract shape.
As the image lacks true representation verging often on obliteration and complete abstraction , the sense of presence remains.
The pictorial context of the subject has been an area that I have concentrated on in order to find structure and content that is complementary with the image. That context may be a simple foil echoing the shape of the image.
Medieval religious painting is a subject I keep revisiting. Universal shapes such as the dome and cross with their symbolic and metaphoric content are a reference for colour, compositional structure and content.
More recently I have introduced hard edge structures. Panels in the shape of the cross and domes, overlap, partially hiding images whilst establishing tension between that of hard edge and organic form. These forms act as counterbalance to one another creating a spatial dynamic between image and ground.
The choice and use of colour is key to the paintings overall substance and is the primary element in the overall decision in creating form and light.