Paintings

In this series of abstract paintings I start with Ink and gesso on canvas or linen,(as in Green/White) referencing the Japanese art of Sumi-E, and Mono Ha. In the oil paintings of the line series nothing is wasted; beauty is condensed to a brush mark of oil colour applied to the wet surface, it moves and breaths across the surface, it is immediate and of the moment. Painting through in a trance-like state, freeing the mind and focusing on body moving naturally and unconsciously; the act itself is a kind of performance of which the marks become the record, then the canvas tilts creating a directional flow across the surface. Tension is drawn by the interruption of a brighter colour in a rigid line.   

Carp Indian ink on paper 180cm x 60cm
Sweep Indian ink on paper 180cm x 60cm
Wing Indian ink & gouache on paper 180cm x 60cm

I have used domestic household brushes with ink and water in the background layers of these paintings. Sweeping the surface with water letting the ink bleed into the brush marks, as it moves and breaths across the surface, it is immediate and of the moment. I am in a trance-like state, thoughts of natural movements and body movements; the act itself is a kind of performance of which the marks become the record. Using oil paint to apply the lines that generate tension of stillness pulling against the movement.