I am continuing my explorations into abstraction.
I initially began creating this series of work from sketches made in the East Sussex countryside. However my most recent paintings were inspired by the urban landscape of Brighton, as I wanted to reflect my life in the city. I had tried sketching the urban landscape but found that working from multiple photographs taken of the same streets scene, creating a series, similar to time lapse, was my prefered way to try work.
The paintings were built up through many layers, adding and removing the forms, patterns and textures of the man made environment. I think by painting over and partly removing what was underneath I was attempting to redress the excess of information we find in the modern urban cityscape (brands, marketing and advertising). The paintings attempt to reflect my view of the vacuity and temporary nature of the consumerist society.
Two paintings inspired by sketches and photographs of the countryside, abstracted using collage.
I was developing a visual language of abstraction cutting up and collaging sketchges from nature and response sketching done in the studio. The aim being to create a sense of a place without relying on figurative representation.