The Rondo Series (Jan 2019 onwards . . . )
Throughout 2019 I have been working on a series of circular paintings with the idea of showing the whole series at the end of the year.
The series, as a whole, is called “Rondo” and each piece has a number in that series rather than a title. The idea of no longer giving the pieces a descriptive title emphasises the abstract nature of the work, ties the series together as a whole composed of sixteen units and (most importantly) avoids any narrative references a descriptive title may add to the imagery.
Any narrative that lies dormant in the work (the result of recognition and understanding) can then be completed in the mind of the viewer, in a similar way to looking at a purely abstract image. To keep the viewer interested (hopefully seeing more with each visit) and to keep the eye moving through the composition the forms and compositional devices are, in places, deliberately provocative. Ignoring rules of perspective and allowing purely formal considerations to dominate the ‘design’. Forms are painted not as they are perceived but as they are conceived.