Republican Voices: Mixed Media and acrylic paint on canvas
This is a larger scale painting in the ‘Cambridge Envisaged’ series. This particular composition has undergone numerous changes and transformations. Any one of the 3 or 4 underlying layers could, at any given stage, have become the final painting. My original intention was to focus on surface texture and mark making, but the painting decided to travel in a very different direction. All of the paintings in the series will be on display at the Michaelhouse Centre in Cambridge from 7th – 19th November.
This is a mixed media acrylic painting on canvas; one of a series of paintings to be shown at the Michaelhouse Centre in Cambridge at the ‘Cambridge Envisaged’ exhibition this November. I wanted to represent the city primarily through abstraction by using archetypal shapes, colours and textures that reflect aspects of the buildings and townscape. The composition plays alternately with illusionistic perspective and a flat ‘map like’ design, never quite allowing the eye to settle on a particular viewpoint or reading.
I am currently working on a series of paintings based on the city of Cambridge in the UK.
This is a multi layered mixed media acrylic painting on a high quality canvas frame. I am currently working on a series of paintings based on the city of Cambridge. I don’t believe that we can ever really know a particular place or location, not in a purely objective way, not even through the ‘impartiality’ of a camera lens. There are so many different ways of seeing, understanding and interpreting; our view of the world is a subjective, personal experience.
I have developed these paintings through a sort of conversational process, an exchange of ideas and thoughts; of talking and listening. What you see here is the result of many such conversations; a constant give and take between what I think I have to say as a painter and what the painting has to say to me. The painting often contradicts me and frequently suggests that I may be mistaken in my views. Out of consideration for my feelings it may abruptly suggest alternative ways of progressing. I sometimes delude myself into thinking I am directing the conversation but I know that this human activity of ‘painting’ is a joint construction, a combined effort. What you see here is a partnership between planning and accident, conceit and humility, confidence and deflation, wisdom and foolishness, a conversation between friends……we were just talking about the city…..I expect the conversation will continue.
This is an acrylic painting on a high quality canvas frame. It is based on my experiences of the city of Cambridge. Although I have visited the city many times and I know it well, this is not a visual record of specific places, or a celebration of a well known structure or familiar architectural motif. This is a city of the imagination. The artist Paul Klee said it far more eloquently than I could; even though he was using the idea of a tree (not a city) to illustrate his point.
“……..Nobody would affirm that the tree grows its crown in the image of its root. Between above and below can be no mirrored reflection. It is obvious that different functions expanding in different elements must produce divergences”.