: Exhibitions

Topographies

February 11 - March 01, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

' Topographies '  -  Graham Peacock at 70 

 

Opening Reception

Thursday, February 11 

7 -9 pm

Artist in attendance 

 

I paint topographically, flat on the floor, and compose colour and surfaces by pouring paint over collage. By manipulating and inducing and shrinkage in the paint skins, I create the formations you see before you. My paintings closely resemble the Earth’s surface in the way it was formed, when matter was irrupted and land and sea found their equilibrium.  Some also look like magnified microorganism, as they are formed by a natural rheological process and invite chance behavior of and seeming chaos. All of this under my orchestration and my stewardship.

 

In 1981-2, I discovered this new way of painting, and the potential I found within this ‘paint crazing process’ has led me to explore both regular and irregular shaping, collages and prints using these ‘natural’ formations as the starting point for my work. In this exhibition, in some works I am again composing within the rectangle for the first time since 1987.   This way of painting is my approach to ‘pure painting’; painting that is generated directly from the process and act of painting itself. Each painting beginning as a considered hypothesis, an act of discovery, and a challenge of resolution.

 

Although my painting may be referred to as abstract, my work is representational, although perhaps not in the tradition sense, it is so, by the associative imagery it contains.

My inspiration comes largely from art, travel, life encounters and my past work.    I usually start with imagining and compose a visual hypothesis, then formulate paint, pour, manipulate and dry my compositions, changing and guiding them to a conclusion.   Each work, although initially ‘composed ’, has a high degree of ‘random’ built into the painting process, allowing me the freedom to capture what’s best, as the work develops.   Once dry, I edit, crop and adjust each work on the wall, before and after stretching, until it becomes a unified reality.  Since the mid 90’s I have been employing the arabesque, in various ways, as a unifying and compositional motif.  In these works the collage and canvas twists together with painted bands, modeling and shading all contribute to the spatial illusion of the painting.

 

It is a pleasure to show this work with Peter Robertson I hope you enjoy this exhibition