Whilst the work of Edinburgh-based artist Ian Reddie sits comfortably within the category of abstract art, these paintings are also, unmistakably, landscapes.
A palette of ochres, oranges and greys suggests a primordial world of desert, rock and water. Their physical construction echoes the natural forces and processes which shape our world. Built from a strata of complex yet subtle layers, with sections scoured and scraped clear to be reworked repeatedly, the resultant fractal texture of these surfaces contrasts with the stark simplicity of their content.
Yet these are landscapes of the imagination and of the emotions. The forms which exist in these planes are basic; slabs and columns set in array, redolent of ancient cultures? desire to (re)connect with the infinite, or in an isolation that is loaded with potentiality. The subject therefore is not the physical environment but the psychological. Reddie?s paintings attempt to explore the awesome rapture of existence, to evoke its eternal chaotic grace. The viewer is compelled to respond emotionally, leaving logic at the door.