I recall a significant turning point in my creative development, which happened while at my Tudor Street studio a few years ago. I began working with a slightly more figurative approach holding a considerable interest in landscapes, particularly upon reading books such as ‘The Tao of Physics’ by Fritjof Capra and Huxley’s ‘The Doors of Perception’ where he likened ancient Chinese landscapes to the ‘Antipodes of the mind.’ Increasingly frustrated with the limitations of abstraction, I became likewise drawn to the elusive sense of space and time captured in paintings of the ancient East and continue to hold an affinity with Huxley’s view of Chinese landscapes. I was also reading a lot of Eastern philosophy including Lao Tzu’s, ‘Tao de Ching,’ as well as poems by Rumi and Khalil Gibran that touch upon similar themes. In my newer works, I continue to loosen my previous ‘dot-style,’ aiming to capture a sort of Zen, almost calligraphic approach to form paintings that, to borrow a quote from John Hoyland, ‘Become simple through a synthesis.’
Above are some initial works that draw from landscapes from Devon and areas of Thailand. I started out with A2 size before attempting some large-scale bits on 4 pieces of A2. I wanted to see how it would work by then separating the images, but didn’t like the results. However, I really liked working on paper so ordered a roll of decent, FSC approved at 120gsm to try some larger works instead of using canvas. Below are paintings developed from this, which I like the idea of exhibiting … if I can get a good enough series done.