PUSHING CANVAS Selected Art Works (2009 – present)

MANHATTAN Solo Exhibition at Store Street Gallery (February 2016)
2nd February 2016
EXPLORING COMPOSITES Selected Art Works (2010 – present)
10th August 2017
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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.

Rotation Pink & Blue (2016) Oil on canvas 39.5 x 39.5" / 100 x 100cm
Rotation Blue (2016) Oil on canvas 39.5 x 39.5" / 100 x 100cm
Manhattan Window #3 (2015) Oil on canvas 39.5 x 39.5" / 100 x 100cm SOLD
Manhattan Window #2 (2015) Oil on canvas 39.5 x 39.5" / 100 x 100cm
Patched Wall (2015) Oil on canvas 39.5 x 39.5" / 100 x 100cm
Embers (2014) Oil on canvas 39.5 x 39.5" / 100 x 100cm
Red Rock (2013) Oil on canvas 39.5 x 39.5" / 100 x 100cm SOLD
Ash Fork (2013) Oil on canvas 48.0 x 36.0" / 122 x 91.5cm
Bodie (2013) Oil on canvas 48.0 x 60.0" / 122 x 152cm
Hackberry (2013) Oil on canvas 39.5 x 79.0" / 100 x 200cm SOLD
Tucson (2013) Oil on canvas 48.0 x 60.0" / 122 x 152cm
Golden Gate (2013) Oil on canvas 54.0 x 72.0" / 137 x 183cm SOLD
Out of Time (2012) Oil on canvas 30.0 x 30.0" / 76 x 76cm SOLD
Zero Hour (2011) 40.0 x 30.0" / 102 x 76cm SOLD
Portello Con II Quadrato Arancione (2009) Oil on canvas 40.0 x 30.0" / 101.5 x 76cm SOLD