Screen (2014) Oil on canvas 24.0 X 24.0” / 60 X 60cm SOLD
BRIAN NEVER SCRAPES PAINT OFF, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CONSIDERED APPLICATION OF PAINT, ONE LAYER AT A TIME. Layering oil colour is relatively straightforward if each treatment is ‘dressed’ a certain way to facilitate the addition of another, potential layer upon it.
He carefully applies each treatment, allows it to dry and then scrutinizes the result. After a while the paint surface, however carefully rendered, starts to assert itself anyway, and the expressive qualities reveal themselves according to the approach that Brian has taken.
“When these qualities harmonize with the intended motif, colour and tone etc, I can sense the painting has acquired a sort of heartbeat, or life … and then it’s just a case of deciding when to stop.”
A less measured approach – perhaps applying large blobs, flicks and random smears which have to be removed later if the effect doesn’t work or if a particular area needs something else put there – is not an option. Brian’s work is about time and the layering of experiences, and these ideas are undermined if unwanted paint is scraped off.