‘Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple’ is (a Hexaptych) a group of 6 paintings to be viewed as one unified piece, exploring non binary identity.
The paintings were a personal response to a brief posted as part of Winter Pride UK.
Abstraction as a art movement was about becoming free of representation, about ideas rather than things or events. This seemed to me an interesting and poignant way to explore this complex topic. I hope to have created a visual poem with the piece; each canvas a new verse introducing textures, imagery, symbols and colour to create uniquely beautiful, subtle and individual paintings that are consolidated together as one experience.
I was working on this set of abstract landscapes using sketches from live, then developing these in the studio and collaging them with the aim of finding a new language to represent and present the scene
As a way to develope my abstract painting I have been doing collage inspired by sketches made in the landscape.
I started the ‘New Abstract Downs Link’ landscape last year applying some of the methods of abstraction that I had been using with the crowd movement paintings, but not able to resolve the painting to a point that i was happy with it. Then in March I did a short course with the painter/ tutor Simon Carter. He encouraged me to do a lot of new experimentation. This included using collage which wasn't something I'd used before. I found it to be a really useful tool for creating dynamic abstract compositions. Ultimately this helped me to finish the painting and I am continuing to use this method of development in my abstractions.
I was having trouble resolving one of the Downs Link paintings (image shown below) into the square format so decided to do another version, and I had a specific feeling that I wanted to capture, very different from the previous painting. The pathway through the trees is the resulting painting.
Although I had been focusing on figurative landscape painting, I find that I am still fascinated by abstraction and so continued to work on the subject of representing the movement of people. These 2 canvases were started in 2016. Based on a set of photographs I had taken in Liverpool Street station and completed in early 2017.
As soon as the weather improved early on in the year, I restarted the Downs Link walk I had begun in 2016. Sketching along the walk anything that caught my eye. I worked from these sketches in the studio and began painting more of the series, all the time trying to develope my painting style.