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Painting: Oil, Gesso on Canvas, Wood.
Often there are references to landscape in my work, and in this work the vibrant brush marks and colours hold a sense of the wild side of a landscape, perhaps on a stormy day. It contains some of my experience of being surrounded by the wind, sea, salt, and the shifting light when walking the long beach in Raglan, or in Taranaki – where I grew up.
I’ve titled this one “Out of Bounds”, a little bit cheeky – almost like the paint and brush marks are going somewhere they usually don’t go, perhaps they are out the back or have gone off the radar.
This combination of landscape and urban-scape produce a tension. I like the coming together of these opposing places – the big open spaces of rough and wild landscape, and the constructed elements of an urban environment, which in the work is referenced by the hard-edged lines cutting through or over the landscape.
This painting follows on from the body of work I produced in 2016, where I was exploring ideas of inhabiting spaces - nooks and crannies, alcoves and open spaces. I imagined spaces that we as humans inhabit on a subconscious level, and worked with imagery that is geometric or architectural in nature. Almost like these shapes provide platforms for us to rest on, to inhabit in these spaces.
I hope that people who see this painting can be drawn in to the spaces created in paint on the canvas, and enjoy a sense of playfulness and investigation.
Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Melbourne