This landscape series comprises atmospheric images inspired by Bristol landmarks and places the artist visited across the South West.
Images of places you will recognise from everyday walks or weekend trips are filtered through emotions emerging from the artist’s encounters as well as reflection upon their nature, and brought before your eyes with a symphony of colours thrown into vibrant compositions.
In this new series, each work is unique in its form and style. From quasi-realistic to semi-abstract; what links them together is not the form of expression, but the expression itself: the aim is to convey the essence of a place as seen and experienced by the artist, and to express the emotions behind every image.
The paintings have been created using a lengthy process of applying multiple layers of paint interposed with transparent glaze, to achieve a richness of colour and texture. This way of working resembles a ‘maturing’ process, where a raw image is subject to subsequent stages of gentle transformations until it reaches its final shape.
Thinking about a place, one cannot avoid referring to its history. While being somewhere, we touch a stone, a wall or a tree – we touch history. We touch things that used to exist, things that still exist and those that ceased to exist. Traces of works and lives of people from the past can be seen through the works and lives of contemporary people. The ‘here and now’ of today was already experienced by someone, long ago, in a different context of life events that comprised the ‘here and now’ of yesterday.
There is a link between those people. The ‘Place’ is the space between myself, someone who lived here before, and someone who will come after me.
Is there anything special about those places? Not necessarily. Some are crucial because of historical events or important artefacts. But any place that was looked at by a human being could be ‘that’ place.
A ‘Place’ can inspire me to inquire about what it was like in the past, what was here, who lived here and how they lived. Despite the time passing, the place is still there and it keeps changing.