06 Sep 2016
GEORGE’S SPEECH AT EXHIBITION OPENING
Thanks, Ken, studio assistant extraordinaire.
Thanks Jane, and thank you all for coming to Linton &Kay’s this afternoon.
I feel so privileged in being supported in doing what I love doing best.
You allow me to slog away, day after day, painting, painting.
Being an only child reared in isolated parts of Kenya ( my father was a doctor with the Colonial Medical Service ), left very much to my own devices, I became a day-dreamer. -
I could drift around mentally doodling all day, and this, coupled with Pencil and Paper the only toys available in War Time Kenya - well, one thing led to another, and here I am.
For me, oil paint is the day-dreamers’ medium.
It invites a rational process of this-goes-onto-that-as-that-goes-onto-this.
It allows for over-painting and obliteration.
It records its own process - tells you how it was made.
It is the image of a day-dream.
Now just as each mark in a painting is coloured by all the marks that went before,
so it is with this exhibition - it is hung chronologically, and I hope you see how each painting is the product of its predecessor, and leads on to the next.
For instance, NightFighter and BudBurst - the stridency of one generating the fragility of the other; looking at them now I think there is some masculine / feminine thing going on.....
What do you think?
I have been asked to do another floor talk ( date to be advised ) so if you would like to chew the fat on these matters, you would be most welcome.
Well, thanks again for coming.
Enjoy the show.