This collection of oil paintings on canvas is the study of
certain aspects of human existence including the perplexity of ‘ownership’, the
textures of character and the residual of the ebb and flow of life cycles.
These paintings are all about one thing, the application of paint onto a surface. That is the most enjoyable part of what I do. The techniques of using canvas, oil paint, brushes and palettes are the elements that attract me to this weird and wonderful way of expressing something I barely understand.
Regarding themes, yes, there are a few running throughout all of the pieces and I guess that the most obvious one is the “blackened windows and doors.” Visually, because I am indiscriminate of any colour, black sections- as opposed to white-serve as a contrast to which I can gauge the power of the colours and their combinations.
Mentally, the mysteries of why one cannot see what’s inside the building and that there is no reflection coming from any suggestion of glass in the window somehow keep my mind open to change and ready to learn the next new thing.
A third of the paintings comprise almost geometrical patterns, shapes and colours melding into one another. The main aim in these pieces is to create a surface full of all colours that somehow come together to form an aesthetically pleasing balance. Some are the textures of the material from which the “shells” are built, whilst others represent land or cityscapes as well.
On a time line, the exhibition shows how creativity can work. Starting off with one semblance of an idea can lead to the next in a continuous search striving to discover more about life through such expressions.
Over time, having established simple guidelines for the shapes, colours and textures of the urban shells, I found that slightly changing some of the parameters led to the beginnings of other pieces. The quest continues.