Birth-Day, painted with an ink underlayer and oil paints with multiple layers of glazes and varnish. The image, as with many of my pieces is a comment and exploration of the most significant day of my life – the birth of my son, and all the feeling that that brings along with it. There is a play with scale and with the surface, juxtaposing a small figure in with the mother figure in this image. The edge of the Canvas is gold pink, with drips and spills at the piece becomes an art object, not just a painting. This piece does not need framing and is ready to hang.
Birth-Day, was exhibited as part of the solo exhibition “aboutFace”, at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough.
The exhibition was a nostalgic look at memories of work, thoughts and life events.
An exploration of memory, and that part between real memories and false remembering - was it the photo I remembered, or do I really remember the events?
Significant life events are explored through painting, past traumas and experiences as well as familial situations.
The abstraction of the painted surface, the canvas or paper, through the searching investigations of fateful life events, become not only about the subject or object being depicted, but become an object itself, the sides of the canvas, the colour and the drips are equal in significance to the represented “image”.
Pieces are worked and reworked, layered and overlaid, playing with scale, redaction and layering with inks, oils, glazes and varnish all explored to create pieces which are neither traditional nor safe.
As always this original painting comes with a hand written, wax sealed parchment for authenticity.
Please message me if you have any questions about the piece.
Oil on canvas