wp2f34feba_05_06Strictly speaking ‘abstract’ means non-representational,  yet to me my work is also about ‘real things’.   Because I bring shapes and lines together in spontaneous groupings, like people gathering in little groups at a party or in a train station, ‘incidents’ are created that I see as things, new things that didn’t exist before and now do, with a unique identity.

People who collect my work say I’m a colourist and they love the colours I use, the many yellows and blues I mix, and the reds (my current favourite is Cadmium red deep which is rich raspberry like a luscious lipstick.)   People also comment on my mark-making and strong areas of drawing where I often use pastels or charcoal which give a feeling of temporariness that fits the contemporary scene and adds a change of texture and mood.

My work has been shown in galleries in LA and in the UK as well as locally. In the US an interior designer and colour consultant is my agent (phipparadondesign.com), while here in the UK I am represented by an art consultant.

My canvases can be from 80 x 40 ins (203 x 102cms) right down to the little painting on the website that’s 14 x 11ins (36 x 28cms).   I also like to work on thick textured khadi paper which is hand made in India; these works are usually about 26 x 20ins (66 x 51cms) and are glazed and well framed. I mostly use acrylic paint; it is so versatile and beautiful. Prices start at £150. Please just ask.

Abstract art’s origin

This is a quote from an article by Norbert Lynton in the Modern Art Magazine, Spring 1996 on the Abstract Art Exhibition at the NY Guggenheim, which he considered very poor (-‘no Klee, no Motherwell…’) in that it did not remotely provide the stated ‘overview of 20th century abstract art’ nor demonstrate ‘abstract art’s programme of liberating art from nationalism and from low ambitions in order to reach out again for the big timeless themes run into the ground in the academies’, not ‘how abstract art and sometimes sculpture has worked miracles with colour’.

It seemed to me to be good to recall something of how and why abstract art arose at the turn of the 19th / 20th century, and what its influences has been and what it still provides.