Bio Mass: recent paintings by Brian Cheeswright
17 Jun 2017 – 25 Jun 2017
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Recent paintings by British artist Brian Cheeswright.
AboutI make painterly paintings, however good or bad that may be.
The paintings and drawings are on the whole small and created quickly, with the aim of capturing a certain mood or fleeting vision. My method has been largely intuitive.
Over the last decade or so I’ve been working my way through Modernism, really. Starting out being a wholly figurative artist, and then slowly discovering what paint as a thing-in-itself can do, until finally reaching the point where the subject has become a prop, and you end up with full-on abstraction. A journey of finding out what I really want to paint. Of course, that reading of my work is too coherent and systematic. The narrative of my development has seen a lot of to-ing and fro-ing. Hence the body of work presented.
At this point and going forward it is a matter of consolidating what I have learned. I keep coming back to the figure, partly because the possibilities of abstraction are almost too open-ended, while the human body, or more specifically the human character, provides an ideal lens through which to plant my ideas: puppets on a stage for me to manipulate, if you will.
Though, as I say, a certain amount of intuition and deliberately wrong-footing myself to reveal surprises, is part of what keeps me painting. My oeuvre does reveal certain tendencies and preoccupations, which tend to recur.