My paintings are language, a flow of information; sometimes that information comes from the painting itself, other times from the onlooker. An interface between viewer and object that shifts and changes, as thoughts and responses rise and sink back into the painting.
A sensory relationship built upon the act of Looking.
My aim is to stretch out the moment when a painting is sensed physically and visually and to delay the speed at which it is captured or known. I want to slow down the way we look at paintings, so that the experience of looking becomes formed into a physical response. To create a tangle of thoughts and senses that change and shift, leading back and forth between both the painting and the onlooker.
Change is a process not an event, there is a continual flow and movement around us and in us, a constant conversion of what is happening now into the past. These works are made in that space, their appearance is created by it and the way they communicate relies upon it. They are not made with a system or fixed process but through an energy that I build, organic and unscripted. Each painting follows its own path until there is a balance between presence and absence; where there are silences and hiding places that are both poetic and activating.
I am interested in things that communicate slowly and how I can slow down the viewers perception, to create paintings that don’t reveal themselves fully, all at once, that have complexity and hooks and clues. The act of painting is for me, a filling up and emptying of space and surface; traces and echoes exist in a palimpsest, a build-up of painted marks, layers and statements that conceal and reveal, where time becomes held in a concrete way and the painting achieves a physical weight and substance. These layers allow you to swim in and out of the painting, they lead back in time.
Often below the word that is spoken is the thing known and unspoken and it is this territory I find interesting to explore. To try and find that language in painting where underneath what is said, another thing is being said or suggested.
The works physical presence is an intrigue, sparking unplanned journeys through a painted space, drawn by the attractions of the terrain and what is encountered there. Each painting creates a situation and is looking to hold a gaze and an imagination to capture.
My online archive of artworks can be accessed here
“Now/Here” Solo Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary LONDON 9-27 Sept 2019
“Aspect” Solo presentation Kunst Rai Amsterdam, Twelve Twelve Gallery April 2019
“Unremembered” Solo Show, Twelve Twelve Gallery, DEN HAAG NL Dec 2018
“In situ” Solo Exhibition, &Gallery, EDINBURGH May 2018
Solo Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary LONDON Feb 2018
“Presence” Solo Show, Twelve Twelve Gallery DEN HAAG NL Aug 2017
Solo Show, Wimbledon Fine Art LONDON June 2017
Solo Show, Cadogan Contemporary LONDON Jan 2017
“Liminal Space”, Solo Show, Twelve Twelve Gallery, DEN HAAG NL Sept 2016
Solo Show, Wimbledon Fine Art LONDON Sept 2016
Discoveries, Temporary Gallery, HOVE Jan 2016
“Trace Element” Solo Show, Studio 226 Chelsea Design Centre LONDON Oct 2013
“Juxtaposition” Galerie Biesenbach, COLOGNE Jan2018
“Connection” &Gallery, EDINBURGH Dec 2017
Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries LONDON Nov 2017
ArttheHague, TwelveTwelve Gallery DEN HAAG Oct 2017
Inaugural Exhibition, Anne Neilson Fine Art, USA Jan 2017
Art at Home, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art LONDON Mar 2016
Drawn, RWA BRISTOL June 2015
32 Paintings, Phoenix Gallery, BRIGHTON Oct 2013