2021 & 2022 paintings and drawings
Hide and Seek
The Hide and Seek Paintings took shape from a series of drawings I did about Children's Games and in particular the enduring thrill of playing Hide and Seek.
I played it as a child in large houses in the dark, I played it with my child and I see it is still being played with the same gleeful abandon.
The mechanics of the game include the excitement of hiding in the dark and the dread of being found or worse, forgotten.
The sneaking back to base, the muffled sound and the strangeness of objects in a half light and in the dark make the negotiation of space perilous.
My paintings, while resting in reality, engage a twist of metaphor and a heightened colour for suggestibility. In fact I attempt to make the painting as thrilling as the remembered experience.
I continue to try and capture the felt sensations involved.
Nursery Triptychs – 1, 2 & 3