Artwork description:

The last painting done in Leeds before I left for Italy. It recorded the changing light/colour over a period of three months, always starting from the one fixed point - where the diagonals cross, at the centre of the picture. So it is a kind of systematical Impressionism. Each day/hour, as the light changed, I mapped its coordinates, horizontal and vertical against the window pane of my cellar studio. Descartes wrote that science proceeds by induction: if you are trying to find out something, then start with one fixed point that you are sure of, and work out by deduction to the furthest points of your imagination. This way you will discover the most unimaginable things. I took him literally here. Because it is painted from a single point, the perspective is curved or bulbous, not linear., and because it stopped after three months when I moved to Italy, it is 'finished' - If I had continued with it, there would have been more branches, etc but it is finished with each touch and/or never finished, for one could go on for ever..

Materials used:

Oil on Linen canvas, egg and oil emulsion primer, damar varnish


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Cartesian Landscape (1977)


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This artwork is sold by Kenneth Hay from France

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