November 2018

In these recent paintings I am continuing to to explore a more abstract, non-objective way of working using loose grids, mark-making and a limited palette. I have been particularly interested in the glazes used on Japanese tea bowls – the layered translucence and glowing colour. As I move into this new kind of work and away from landscape painting (at least for the moment) I am still using references to earth, sky, water and light as a source of inspiration and information.

When researching tea bowls I came across this definition of wabi-sabi that I find reassuring and encouraging as I make these changes in my work.

“In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.”

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Untitled White on Warm Gray 2018 oil on linen 41 x 41cms

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Untitled Gray 2018 oil on canvas 41x41cms

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Untitled Blue Lights 2018 oil on canvas 51 x 59cms

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Untitled Yellow and Indigo 2018 oil on linen    41 x 41 cms

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Untitled Gray with Yellow Lights 2018 oil on canvas 86 x 86cms

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Untitled Pink on Gray 2018 oil on canvas 86 x 86cms

However, I have not left landscape painting behind entirely. Here is a small one I started last year and finished in October.

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Evening 2018 oil on linen 51 x 51cms

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