AboutGeometry meets the natural world in John Dougill's new suite of paintings. In the past Dougill was able to document in his painting the changing features of the London sky: vapour trails, sunsets, and the accumulating effects of contamination, witnessed first-hand from his high window near London Bridge. Now that his view is of a newly-built block of luxury flats, he's turned his attention to memory, in particular to memories of the sea he grew up beside. A new sequence of small paintings follows the sea as it ebbs and flows in the consciousness. There is particular emphasis on the geometry of the shoreline, the line where the elements meet: where horizontal bands of colour become beach, sea and sky. Where presence is a moment of recognition, the tide-line of memory. ('These fragments I have shored against my ruins')
Artist's notes on this group of works.
âSEA. In and Out, Left to Right and Right to Left, Here and There, Up and Down, Coming and Going, Tumult and Withdrawal, Gaining and Losing, Something and Nothing, Hello and Goodbye.
HORIZON. Most Far Away, a Division, Scrutinized, Never-To-Be-In, an Edge, an Invitation, an Ending.
DOING. Geometries and Incidences. Experiences and References, Feeling and Politics and all that Stuff.'