All Nature Catalogue

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This is a PDF catalogue of my work exhibited under the title All Nature at Gallery 35 Sheffield in November 2015.

All Nature

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Transient 


2015

Mixed media, and embedded objects on cement on canvas. 40cm sq

This is a passing, a transition from one state to the next. It is signified in material but concerns the ethereal and intangible. There is no legacy, only values lost forever.

Night Leaves

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Mixed media including bitumen and cement with assemblage on canvas
2014  8″x 8″ x 2″

A continuation from the ‘bare roots’ series, this piece relies more on composition and texture. The natural colour of the cement ground is more obvious.
In Night Leaves there is also a more deliberate attempt to create a sense of allegory.

Bare Roots and Other Things Unearthed

Bare Roots I

A series of three small (8″sq) paintings using mixed media and cement on canvas.

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Bare Roots II

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Bare Roots III

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Bare Roots; the origins revealed or left by paring to the essentials. Again this concerns beginnings. A continuation from the ‘grass roots’ series, these pieces rely more on composition and texture and surface. The natural colour of the cement ground is more obvious than in many of the other pieces.

Grass Roots

A series of four small (8″sq) paintings using mixed media and cement on canvas.

Grass Roots: the origin or basis of something; the basic or primary concept, rule, part, or the like. Again this concerns beginnings. Each piece started with a fragment of grass root from local moorland. These pieces also use collaged fragments of imagery created through digital manipulation of my landscape photography.

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Grass Roots I

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Grass Roots II

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Grass Roots III

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Grass Roots IV

Infinity Quartet

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“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
― William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

“The unexplainable thing in nature that makes me feel the world is big fat beyond my understanding – to understand maybe by trying to put it into form. To find the feeling of infinity on the horizon line or just over the next hill.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe, Some Memories of Drawings

4 pieces on canvas 20″ x 20″ cement, acrylic paint, acrylic medium, PVA, mixed media, collage, embedded materials. 2014

All Nature Faithfully

Turning Over A New Leaf

A return to digital manipulation. This is based on a mono print from a leaf scanned and digitally layered. The notion of the infinite in Nature continues as a theme. It is interesting how the tree motif emerges from the leaf veins almost of its own volition.
I have always loved this Nietzsche quote as phrased by Gombrich in “The Story of Art”

“All nature faithfully”–But by what feint
Can Nature be subdued to (the artist’s) constraint?
Her smallest fragment is still infinite!
And so he paints but what he likes in it.
What does he like? He likes, what he can paint!

A new tag for what may become a series of visual thoughts about bounding the unboundable.

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