During the late summer and autumn of last year my youngest son, Noah, filmed me in the studio and on location talking about work for my next show at Messum’s London. Opening in March 2018 the show centres around a series of 14 paintings titled ‘The Beaumont Paintings’. The film tells the story of this work by interweaving sequences of looking at and talking about the 14 paintings in the studio with sequences out in the landscape.
I tend to talk about the work in rather mundane terms, over-referring to the landscape subject matter, in order to avoid having to articulate what the paintings might actually be about. While we were filming in the studio, a white curtain that I use to filter the direct sun was stretched across a part-open window and was sucking in and out with the breeze. Noah has woven this motif into the narrative to suggest those things difficult to talk about and where this whole painting thing might come from. The film is completed by the perfectly judged music specially composed and performed by Daniel Stubbs. The film can be viewed here https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=4s&v=MtihtvgDpmE