Acts of Painting
The painter's studio and the processes involved in painting are subject to much romanticism and myth. Every painter has been asked "Do you paint in oils?" as if it were a mysterious, magical medium requiring arcane knowledge. And certainly painters are guilty of slyly promoting this belief.
Making paintings is a funny business - one minute seeming completely absurd (full of sound and fury, signifying nothing), the next quite possibly heroic (replete and teeming with significance). The works in ‘Acts of Painting’ grew out of contemplating the spectrum of attitudes, beliefs and feelings associated with life in the studio. Varied and contradictory modes were explored over the two years spent working this vein - from parody to mock heroic, noir-ish melodrama to confessional.