The images in this section are placed in reverse chronological order with the most recent at the top of the scroll.
The earliest works (bottom of scroll), the Breathing Space paintings and the installation, Breathing Space Room were produced after the 2008-2011 hiatus from the studio for graduate studies in art history.
Their vertical colour spaces address the body of the viewer in a more direct way than earlier orthogonal grid work, and allude to the idea of breathing space. Breathing space is a precious commodity. The time in which nothing happens also has its purpose.
The smaller works that followed explore the potential of colour and grid in a more playful way.
In 2017 I began a group of paintings that began with explorations of formal properties. I quickly came to see them as abstract responses to matters outside the studio.
Playing in the background of daily life during the months of production were three issues; one was the conversation around a universal basic income guarantee, second was the widening gap between rich and poor made possible by the tax avoidance practiced by those listed in the Panama and Paradise Papers, and last but even more critical, the growing climate emergency. I see unavoidable connections between the three. The resulting paintings are collectively titled The Paradise Paintings.
These are some of the circumstances of our time with which my painting, and its ongoing explorations of the expressive and formal possibilities of colour, intersect. The thing about abstract art is that it is not divorced from life, but arises out of it.