Notebook Drawings

March 21, 2010

Structural Paintings

March 21, 2010

Oil on Panel, 122cm X 122 cm

From a new series of paintings on the poetics of structure.

I want to look at structures that fall between security and frailty, that display a tension of weight, support, and intricacy and solid mass.

Colour plays the part of being descriptive, and also of articulating particular strengths, or energy, of light

Oil on Panel, 122cm X 95cm

Moving into abstraction from figuration, aspects of the latter were carried over, most notably structure and the idea of a figure in space. I had been researching mythology at the time, at the idea of metaphorical narrative in storytelling relating to religious or political issues and ideas. I was reading Greek myth and specifically the myth of Minos and the Minotaur, basically i saw a point in the narrative that dealt with the tension between the public and private individual, and took that as a point of departure for a series of paintings.

Enkephalin refers to a hormone in human neurology that relays messages to the brain controling pain and damage prevention. This is one of many was in which the language of the body’s mechanics is structured around and facilitates the self and the individual – that aspect of the human condition that Marxism battles so heroically against. I felt that by referring to this hormone enkephalin I would be contextualising the paintings firmly within the subject of the human body and its discourses.

The figure and Anatomy

March 21, 2010

Studies of anatomy led me to devote much time to drawing the skeleton and muscle system using layering building the image up, it’s a great subject to work with: the structure, order, lines, the simple and complex passages, and the downright immediacy as an image. the power of the human body as a visual knows no bounds

Colour Contrast

March 5, 2010


I had been been doing research and came across a tendency in gothic icon painting that used the binary of green and red colours, using the visual of strong colour contrast to lend that little bit extra