17 August 2020
'Sundown in Isolation', 2020, Oil on canvas (50.8 x 50.8 x 3.8cm)
(Shortlisted for the New Light Art Prize 2020/21)
'Sundown in Isolation' was painted in May 2020, during the Covid-19 Lockdown, while I was using our conservatory at home as a studio. I made it as a direct response to the views, seasons and weather I experience in and around the local area.
" The sun was going down over the orchard at the back of our house, and it caught the grass, which glowed up this incredible neon-green against a dramatic post-storm purple sky. I just had to have a go at capturing it."
My current work explores spaces, landscapes and structures—man-made or organic, and the interplay of one against and within the other.
How man has stamped his boots on the earth, built monumental engineering and architecture, created environments, and populated landscapes, later discarding those creations and moving on when use has been fulfilled. The story of those left-behind places is frequently an interesting one—whether it's a story of decay and return to the earth, or one of life breathed back and a renewed purpose given.
I want the shapes I describe to be something both intangible yet instantly recognisable—solid objects, the space in between them, or an atmosphere created by light, shade and colour.
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