JP Art Gallery - New Year Exhibition 2021 Final - Flipbook - Page 56
“My paintings are an exploration of memory. They offer ‘glimpsed’ or halfremembered figures and faces - ‘re-imagined ancestors’ recovered from a personal
archive of the forgotten.
My ideas come from material that accidentally comes to hand, an old photograph for
example might chime or resonate. I then embark on a quest to unlock the essence of
the image in a way that is somehow extra-visual. This journey of development and
discovery can take anything from 5 days to 5 years until a kind of alchemy takes place
and things seem to harmonise of their own accord in a way that can be very rewarding.
I paint in an expressionistic way using rags and sponges because the physical marks
and textures are a fundamental element of what I am trying to achieve. The challenge
for me though is to retain an economy of execution - an effortless effort.”