BLACK AND WHITE - 2021
Experimenting with the simplicity of vigorous brush-strokes over a ground of the opposite colour; cream white lines on a canvas covered with a rich coal black, or deep black lines, following a touch of brown, on a cream white canvas. There is much more colour than the minimalism of these artworks would suggest; subtle umber, intense blue, iron black, are mixed for the dark contours and backgrounds, while the white is not only white but carries a touch of clear, radiant yellow. In the end, the spareness in this monochrome is like the simplicity of its lines; paradoxically intent care to preserve vitality and spontaneity.
Such a technique is appropriate to these faces – poised, natural, elegant, exuberant all at the same moment - and they are equally an expression of a new time, more hopeful but also more knowing. Collection begun 2021.