The immediacy and the spontaneity of watercolour have always appealed to me. It’s the most underrated, misrepresented and misunderstood of all the painting mediums. In theory, of course, it’s simple; you can only lay a darker colour on top of a lighter one. The implications of that have taken me 20 years to begin to overcome.
I’m a watercolour purist. I use no white paint, no highlights, no masking agents, only the paper. Unlike other painting mediums, with watercolour there is no room for error. There is no pause, no rewind – only forward – and no means of correction. It must be executed perfectly first time, like an actor performing on a stage.
Experimentation has always been crucial to the development of my painting. Several of these artworks have been made without a brush as I’ve discovered other ways to apply and move paint. Gravity has been my new best friend!
These paintings are a strange fusion of the complete abstract and tight mathematical drawing. The first stage of any painting, be it a geometric pattern, an abstract or even a landscape, provides the basis for uniqueness. Every sheet of paper has minute surface variations, so the same method of application of the paint – whether emulsion or my watercolours – will produce a different flow. It means my paintings are impossible to replicate.
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