Wonderful work from our local children in schools and scout and guide groups. Not to be missed.
My paintings are suggestive. There are no instructions on how to look at my paintings. I take my subject matter to reduced forms and then translate the essence onto canvas. I adore the use of graphic ideas in paintings. Like the systems used in advertisements or commercial products. I endeavour to achieve a sense of allusiveness and joyfulness in my paintings.
I am a painter and printmaker. The prints here are linocuts or a combination of lino and woodcut. The craft of cutting the plates gives them a strong graphic quality, which in my paintings I have to seek other ways of achieving.
The subjects of these paintings are often derived from something I’ve seen quite by chance. Sometimes I can almost see the finished painting instantly, at other times I have to work at it and look for references to realise the finished work. I might go out to make a specific drawing or look through my sketchbooks for what I need and occasionallly find a photograph for part of the painting. Any one painting may combine elements drawn from all three sources.
The paintings aren’t intended to be a copy or reproduction of what I’ve seen but to capture something of the appeance of things in a pictorial and graphic way. Whilst these are figurative works I still put emphasis on abstract and pattern qualities.
I aim to make the colour an integral part of the structure of the work. I use different families and temperatures of colour to describe materials, forms and position things in space.
I first visited Greece in the mid 1980s and since then I have returned many times especially to the Greek islands. What none of the guide books mention is the bewitching and sinister quality the islands have; they still belong to Circe and Calypso.
There are inherent difficulties in making paintings in one of the purist most balanced landscape, on the planet. The author John Fowles puts it this way; "Many writers and painters who have gone to Greece for inspiration have discovered a sense of inadequacy, and the difficulties it induced became known as the Agean blues. "
I chose to approach the subject by using myth; the myths I have always returned to are the Homeric poems of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The paintings refer to the narratives of both these poems. Over the years I have collected ephemera from Greek beaches and these have become assemblages again referencing the same two poems.
Work can also be left at the gallery on the Saturday and Sunday before the show.
Preview party Friday, 27 September 6.30pm to 8.30pm. All welcome.
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