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Diagonal Shift, paintings from 2014

diagonal shi 7, oil on canvas, 77, 92 cm

My work can be described by the terms non-objective, or abstract. I draw inspiration from both the history of abstraction in painting and from the elements of music. Paul Klee focussed his attention on the contents of his paint-box referring to ‘the row of watercolours as a keyboard of colours for improvisation …,’; the principle of rhythmical linear structures and tonal values being distilled from the artist’s knowledge of the rudi- ments of music.

I refer in my paintings to musical forms and structures, such as theme and variation, transposition, rhythm and repetition. My process incorporates strategies which carry a loose set of rules such as are to be found in games; for example, the movements of pieces in chess. Mathematics also plays an important role, notably division as applied to the grid, an underlying drawing or structural element present in my paintings for the past 10 years; and measurement as it recalls the musical elements of rhythm, direction and movement.


diagonal shi 8, oil on canvas, 77, 92 cm

diagonal shi 6, oil on canvas, 77, 92 cm

Diagonal Shi 5, oil on canvas, 122, 138 cm

diagonal shi 4ABC, oil on canvas

diagonal shi 3, oil on canvas, 77, 92 cm






diagonal shi 2, oil on canvas, 77, 92 cm