“Abstract art can stand in meaningful relation to your own perception, you can move across a canvas in a way that you move through the spaces of the world… notions of space like proximity and distance can be revealed by moving across a canvas with a brush”
“Procedure is the keyword… The difference is that we [the Abstract expressionists] don’t begin with a definite sense of procedure. It’s free association from the start to the finished state”
“An artist is a political being, constantly alive to heart-rending, fiery or happy events to which he responds in every way… Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It’s an instrument of war for attack and defence against the enemy.”
In homage to one of my biggest inspirations, John Cage on what would have been his 106th birthday (yesterday) here is one of my pieces from 2016 replicating his indeterminate processes from his Ryoanji series of prints. On art, Cage said; “Art is a way of life. It is for all the world like taking a bus, picking flowers, making love, sweeping the floor, getting bitten by a monkey, reading a book, etc…Art is not separate from life (nor is dish-washing when it is done in this spirit)”.
In belated homage to Phillip Guston on his birthday, (27/6/1913) here is my piece from 2017, inspired by his zen Buddhist inspired ink work. On the nature of painting in the studio, Guston said; “when you’re in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you – your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics… and one by one if you’re really painting, they walk out. And if you’re really painting YOU walk out”
To pay homage and mark the day of Willem De kooning’s birth, today in 1904, here are two of my pieces from 2010/11 responding to his abstract expressive handling of figurative content and themes. On the nature of painting, De Kooning said “Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting. Cezanne did it, Picasso did it with Cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell. Then there could be new paintings again”
To mark what would have been Richard Diebenkorns birthday today, here is a collaboration piece I recently completed with @tom_voyce in homage to him. On abstraction and painting Diebenkorn said; “All paintings start out of a mood, out of a relationship with things or people, out of a complete visual impression. To call this expression abstract seems to me often to confuse the issue. Abstract means literally to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract… a realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts” Continue reading
I have recently spent a day in the studio collaborating with friend and fellow painter Tom Voyce. We spent the day discussing and exploring new ideas and potential future projects… Watch this space for more details! Continue reading
“Art is the exposure to the joys and freedoms of a false world in order that we might recognise and locate them in the real world”
Some notes from my recent visit to PETER DOIG at the Michael Werner gallery in London.
Split between four rooms over two stories, the exhibition marks a refreshing and exciting approach to contemporary art exhibitions whilst offering a valuable and rare insight into the work and processes of a leading contemporary painter. Continue reading