91.4cm x 61cm, 3.8cm deep, (36″x 24″x 1.5″)
Oil on Canvas, 2019
Unframed with painted edges
“This is inspired by a trip to Threlkeld Quarry in Cumbria, with its curious (but wonderful) lumbering dinosaurs of retired excavation machinery (some being slowly, lovingly restored).
We were awestruck at the quiet, monumental beauty of the place. I loved the geometry of the plant machinery and collected objects, and the Engine Shed with its skeletal roof and piles of yet-to-be-used salvage.”
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.
I luxuriate in the painting process—there’s something joyous in the ritual of choosing, mixing and applying oil paint to a surface, using different tools and layering-up consistencies/textures to suggest something intangible and yet recognisable to the viewer.
This artwork is currently unframed, but I’m happy to arrange framing for UK clients for an additional charge.
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