At last, paintings.


Years ago I stopped painting. I dabbled a little when I began my PhD research (and even had one piece shortlisted for the John Moores painting prize) but soon tuned to drawing as my primary way of making work. Part of that decision was convenience; getting into the studio wasn’t easy and I needed to make work at home and preferably in he evening and at weekends. That meant developing something relatively clean and not too big. Hence the multi-panel drawings.

Since completing the PhD my work has become more complex and colourful. The collaboration with Chris Graham opened up the possibility of art historical references free-associating with more contemporary global issues. The Digital Rain work has been a place to explore picture-making and has been a rehearsal for something material. In short, I’ve been thinking about turning to painting for a few months as a way of addressing the territory that Digital Rain covers. To do this I have taken a studio at Bloc in central Sheffield. Initially I simply played with the paint to see what it could do, or rather what I could do with it. over the past couple of weeks I have begun to make work that seems to be more resolved, and which is pictured here.

At the moment I’m letting my nose and the material enquiry guide my work, but I am already beginning to think about how these things might make their way into the world. I hope you like them.

5 thoughts on “At last, paintings.”

  1. Thanks. The background is prepared in advance and mostly dry. Then the black drawing is added and then the white is added, which turns grey in contact with the black. The slightly wet underpainting slo comes into play in places. Oil paint is complicated.

  2. I do like and appreciate the colours and process; in particular I like the depth shown in image three and the image almost floating off the page. Image four is disturbing as it appears like either animal or human inners and my stomach churned. The witch image is also unsettling being quite cultish to me, but who am I. Are these going in your exhibition in March? D

    1. HI. The ‘witch’ image is actually a prisoner at Abu Ghraib prison that the American abused (and photographed). I like the association with the witch though as it implies trials of people who might have been falsely accused. These paintings aren’t going to be in the March show as I’m using that to show the digital work. Also, I’ve only really got these four at the moment…

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