THESE PAINTINGS, AND MORE, WILL BE AT LINTON & KAY GALLERIES - 2016 - Aug 22nd to Sept 22nd

09 Jul 2015

This exhibition is in three sections - Window paintings; Criss/Cross paintings and The Great Divide landscapes.  But they all have one thing in common. I try to describe it as “this is to that as that is to this” (which is perhaps more bewildering than it is enlightening). 

ZUYTDORP SHAFT oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm

It is about creating a harmony that gives a unity, a coherence to the canvas. A harmony of colour, tone and temperature. If I want to paint a patch of orange beside a patch of green then the shadow colours (mars violet and indigo) must have the same relationship to one another as the lit colours. To further complicate matters I have ‘illuminated’ these paintings of pictures as if in a fictitious light. In other words”this is to that as that is to this”.

WINDOW SERIES #1 gouache 23 x 31cm

WINDOW LIGHT oil on canvas 130 x 150cm

A palimpsest is/are the traces of an erased or obliterated image.

It is evidence of what went on before.

Auerbach is the master of this - he continually creates and obliterates.

The accumulation of all this gives the painting a patina of effort - grunt - a certain authority.

I love to look at it.

To quote Auerbach

    “ The game is such - you can only make a good painting by destroying a good painting.”

The real subject of the painting is the work one puts into it.

The more one knows how a painting will turn out the more likely it is to look designed.

 

CRISS CROSS / OVER SQUARE SERIES

With these paintings I have limited myself to a ten percent over square  format.

This allows one to hang the painting on the diagonal or the square and any which way up.

The second limitation was to stick with the crosslight composition,

and I suppose the third stricture was never to repeat myself.

And then I felt free to go - this is the chess board on which we play.

The colours are the pieces, and rules apply.

The game is on.

As the series developed it became more complex - requiring obliterations and alterations.

These most recent paintings are just off/over square - 100 x 110cm. 

And can be hung in any direction, including the diagonal.

 

 

 

 

TILT BEAM  oil on canvas 100x 120 cm 

 

 

CHROMA ZED GREEN oil on canvas 100 x 110 cm

 

 

oil on canvas 65 x 70 cm

 

oil on canvas 70 x 77 cm

 

WINDOW SERIES #1 gouache 23 x 31cm

 

WINDOW SERIES #2 gouache 23 x 31cm

 

 WINDOW SERIES #3 gouache 23 x 31cm

 

 

WINDOW LIGHT oil on canvas 130 x 150cm

 

 SUMMER SIESTA #2. oil on canvas,100 x 120 cm 

 

SUMMER SIESTA #3. oil on canvas. 100 x 120 cm

 

SUMMER SIESTA #1.oil on canvas.  100 x 120 cm 

 

SUMMER SIESTA #4. oil on canvas.  100 x 120 cm 

FULL FATHOM FIVE oil on canvas 100x 120 cm

 CORTONA | oil on canvas | 135 x 152 cm | ⭕️

I HOPE WE WILL SEE YOU AT THE EXHIBITION

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