Abstract Acrylic Painting on 320gsm Handmade Rag Paper
Abstract Acrylic Painting on 320gsm Handmade Rag Paper: Detail
Abstract Acrylic Painting on 320gsm Handmade Rag Paper: Detail

‘Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect’

Tate Gallery

I’m really enjoying working with the brilliance and immediacy of acrylic paint. After using oil and cold wax for most of my recent large scale pieces the ability to create imagery so swiftly and spontaneously is a delight and a revelation. Complementary colour contrast is the guiding principle for this series of paintings and the influence of Cubism is clearly evident in the multiple facets and repetition of geometric shapes. I haven’t yet decided how far to push this study and there is always the ever-present danger of overcooking the various ingredients, only time will tell. Let me know your thoughts, I would love to hear them.

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‘River City’ 100 x 100 cm

River City is a mixed media acrylic painting on a canvas frame. It belongs to a series of paintings loosely based on the city of Cambridge. We can never really know a particular place or location, not in a purely visual sense, not even through the so called objectivity objectivity of the camera lens. There are so many different ways of seeing, understanding and interpreting; our view of the world is a subjective, personal experience. It changes as we change. The Cubists new a thing or two about perception.

I developed this painting through an exchange of ideas, thoughts and materials, you could call it a dialogue. What you see here is the result of many ‘conversations’, a constant give and take between what I think I have to say as a painter and what the painting says to me. A painting will invariably contradict me and tell me I am mistaken, on the wrong track. Sometimes, I delude myself into thinking I am in charge but I know my place; ‘painting’ is a collaboration, a combined effort, an ongoing debate. What you see here is a partnership between planning and accident, conceit and humility, confidence and deflation, wisdom and foolishness, seeing and not seeing.