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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.

Palette Licker
Chalk pastel on paper
26"x 40"
2018
Studio
Oil on canvas
2018
Confrontation
Oil on canvas
70"x 60"
2018
The Light
Oil on linen
76"x 52"
2017
Long View
Pastel on paper
26"x 40"
2017
Touch
Oil on linen
36"x 42"
2018
Simple Machines
Oil on linen
70"x 60"
2018
Pompous Ass
Pastel on paper
40"x 26"
2018
Loaded
Pastel on paper
26"x 40"
2018
Study
Oil on linen
12"x 9"
2018
Palette
Distemper, oil on linen
12"x 9"
2018
Preparation
Oil on linen
76"x 52"
2018
Paint Eater
Distemper, oil on paper
14"x 11"
2018
Research
Oil on linen
76"x 52"
2018
Slash 2
Oil, distemper on linen
14"x 11"
2018
Thrust
Oil on linen
42"x 36"
2019
At Rest
Oil on linen
30"x 24"
2018
Release
Oil on linen
30"x 24"
2018