This painting is now in the Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21st Century Painting. It is soon to be shown at Huddersfield Art Gallery. Here is a piece I have written to accompany the painting:
Swimmers, 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 50 x 50cm.
Swimmers seem to recur as a subject in my painting. Figures interrupting the painterly surface of the sea, part dissolved and lost among the light and the waves. There is no horizon, the plane of the painting equated with the surface of the sea.
I start with small drawings made at the beach. Brief notations of figures and the patterns of moving water. The best drawings seem to me to be given from somewhere else; to be made without conscious thought overriding the process. Drawing something as transient as moving figures and water forces quick responses and can elicit unexpected results.
In the studio these drawings act not so much as reminders of a subject but they become the subject. The paintings looking at and learning from the marks made at speed and under pressure. I edit and copy these drawings over and over, slowing them down, seeking from them an approach to the painting.
I think the paintings have elements of sacrament; a quiet other space; a kind of baptism.