The paintings have emerged with what is for me a new level of formal simplification, cryptic content, and increased focus on the expressive potential of colour.
Initiated by facets of the place I live and work in, or by a personal experience, or perhaps an engaging contemporary issue or theme, once a painting is underway I allow related ideas and influences, and emotional responses, to join the play. The painting becomes a repository of reflections, a construction of layers. Some works clearly display the process of their own manufacture as you can see the stops and starts, passages of underpainting or overpainting, the initial impulse and the final correction or addition as background, foreground, object and subject, interact and shift position. My painting process is about resolving these often competing components in a fruitful way. The paintings form, content and subject can evolve and change dramatically, or can progress in planned steps. Titles of each work come and go during the making, but at some point the journey, the exploration, is paused, a title is determined and the making of the painting is complete.
- Laurence Wood