Cast Acrylic, Aluminium, Oil and Spray Paint
65 x 75 cm
The ‘Corner’ works where born out of a series of photographs of headless portraits from Versailles by the Italian photographer Robert Polidori. Without the subjects’ head and an emphasis on the lavish silk wallpapers and gilded frames the images were reduced to abstractions. Using stripped down materials the equality of value between the ‘painting’, the ‘frame’ and the ‘wall’ became the central premise of the Corner works.
86 x 75 cm
Painting, in its most traditional form, basically has an accepted hierarchy that consists of the painting in a frame on a wall with the painting on the whole being the most important element. Works like Cerulean Blue & Crimson subvert the typical hierarchy so that the frame surrounds a section of ‘wall’ and the paint itself is no more important than lavish wallpaper.
60 x 91 cm
The aluminium corner component cuts through this work with such authority that it remains the most significant element in this painting. The stark contrast between the silver right angle and the dark sections is not simply an essential part of the composition but also fundamental to the physical make up of the work as the cast acrylic literally hangs from this minimal armature.
Cast Acrylic, Aluminium, Oil & Spray Paint
75 x 120 cm
This is one of a pair of works that reduce the aluminium armature to its bare minimum. If it was any smaller the structural balance of the works would be impaired and the work would not hang straight on the wall.
120 x 100 cm
This idea that the ‘wall’ is a part of the painting itself is in evidence here as two sections of this large painting are appear to be an extension of the white wall on which it hangs.
40 x 80 cm
100 x 110 cm
45 x 100
This work feels as if it has a story like quality or narrative. It’s possible to read the painting in a linear way from left to right or from right to left according to your preference. The surfaces are physically absorbing; at the same time the slight asymmetry add kind of precariousness.
This is a detail of a corner showing the internal yellow edge on one side of the support and the feathered brushwork of the oil paint.
95 x 93 cm