By 2011, Brian had been living in France for some time and was asked to show during the local arts festival that summer.
This new work called on the inspiration of the red hydrant cover panels on the sides of houses in the hilltop towns of Tuscany. Brian refers to his interest in the wear and aging of these surfaces as ‘Noble Decay’; as some objects acquire a deeper beauty after long exposure to the elements than their appearance when originally new. He continued to explore his interest in using paint in carefully applied layers, and generating actual and implied expressive textural qualities as a result.
He showed a number of pieces from what was to become his Panels series. Some of these pieces were ‘composites’: paintings made using separate canvases brought together to make a whole. This was an attempt to consider a painting as more of a physical object in its own right and to explore the notion of ‘panels’ in a more sophisticated sense than merely depicting them, flat, upon a single canvas surface.
“I was painting panels ON panels, then bringing these together to make objects.”
EXHIBITION DATES: 27th JUNE – 3rd JULY 2011
GALLERY: GALERIE MALRAUX RUN BY VILLE DE SARLAT (show of 14 paintings sold out)