The second group of paintings in the Oceans Apart series. All 90x90cm square, oil and oil stick on canvas.
Working from the grids of my studio windows on the fifth floor of a former textile mill and the horizon I can see beyond, these paintings are part of a year-long project exploring the motif of the window as a device to structure space, create tension and as a way to abstract the Northern light and the landscape.
As the series developed, these took an introspective turn, carving up the landscapes, rotating the horizons on their axis and warming up the palette; opening it up for intuitive action to take place. Responding to and against the margins and the edges, subconscious forms and ideas emerged within windows that by now have now taken on a significant screen-like shape, virtual windows to casual escapism.
Colours that crowd and lean in too close against one another, a fantastical pink-bathed landscape, winking sunglasses, hotel lobbies, sandy beach bodies and scripted waves, this second group of paintings in the Oceans Apart series is an altogether inward looking experience.