Sitting here in the gallery seems a good moment to reflect on my latest show. This is the second of my explorations into the exhibition as a sequential narrative, and unlike For Those In peril all the paintings were completed before I wrote the narrative. The show includes 25 paintings, completed over the last 7 years, with 14 finished since December 2018. Collectively the works are a journey through my eyes, each a story moment in my experience.
It has been very gratifying to observe visitors to the gallery engaging with the narrative and following the journey round the room, and the show has received many positive responses. In some ways I feel that I’m breaking new ground as I try and overcome the limitations of the static form and avoid illustration as I construct these narratives. It can be nerveracking to undertake an art form with implied and even controlled meaning in an age where meaning, especially in art, is held mutable. I arrived at the approach through a recognition that many visitors to my studio and shows enjoyed the stories that were attached to them.
The show runs at Sheffield’s Gage Gallery (Ball St S3 8EN) until the 17th July, and is open 11am – 4pm daily including weekends, if you’re inclined to experience something a bit different.