28 JAN-19 FEB

REFRESH will be a presentation of abstract paintings of various sizes, acrylic on canvas. Works have been further developed from the original four series: SPLASH, JUXTAPOSED, RAW and FRESH.

Abstraction, for me, is a means of expression that enables a sense of order to everyday life and its struggles, in particular, my struggles and the spectrum of mental illness. Abstraction counteracts negativity and provides a solace and lightness to mental chaos. This suite of paintings suggests a colour-field of energetic forms and fluent lines, suggestive of the work of Angela Brennan, Ken Whisson and Tony Tuckson, all of whom incorporate strong colour and expressive form in their work. These artists have all substantially influenced my on-going painting practice and methodology and instilled a dedicated studio practice for more than 10 years. My method of painting is immediate, impulsive, fluid and unrestrained. Its immediacy follows long periods of contemplation and structural considerations. Repetition is another fundamental element in the work. It creates clarity and structure.