Sparkle on the Crest
Oil on canvas
89 x 117cm
Compositionally this painting is partly inspired by sketches made during a trip to Devon, partly based on a dream I had whilst there (I went on to write a song about the dream, called 'Sparkle on the Crest'). Materially it references Turner's palette and process, including oil glazes, whilst also containing sand from the beach in Devon, as well as drips and hints of a more contemporary (almost neon) palette. It exemplifies my desire to explore the intersection between art historical and contemporary approaches, and my desire to move further from representation towards a more evocative, imaginal sense of place.
This piece was part of my solo show 'Breathe Again', which was supposed to be in April 2020. The show was originally entitled 'Breathe', paying homage to the amazing power of human breath, and the practise of breathwork. However when Covid broke out the show was postponed and retitled to reflect the opportunity posed by the looseinging restrictions to literally breathe again. The show was curated in a way that reflected the psychological phases of lockdown - from the initial 'GASP' (feelings of panic, uncertainty, shock), 'HOLD' (tension, paralysis, statism, expectancy), 'EXHALE' (adapting, relaxing, letting go) and finally 'BREATHE AGAIN' (relative emotional and physical freedom and beginning to embrace a 'new normal').