Roseberry Topping after Kandinsky. 1996. Oil on board. 41 X 61cm (16 X 24in).
Pure, unadulterated, Big Parochial. Marvellous fun to do! Not quite as easy as it looks though! You have to be able to draw actually to compose a comfortable balance of shapes within the picture space - something the public don't often think about when viewing abstract work. Anyone can have a go, but making something work convincingly is another thing. That aside, I was also concentrating on what Kandinsky had made in order to replicate a painting I was happy with. The black marks and structure holding the pictures together with their underlying colour shape components is wonderful. I needed to not veer too far away from what he did, whilst bringing in my own "handwriting". Remember, this type of painting is not an attempt at copying, or conjuring up a bland pastiche of something done before; IT IS PENETRATING ART TO BRING FORTH A NEW TWIST ON A BELIEF.
On the Road to Roseberry in the 'Deb Red Room' at The Vale arthouse, 2010.
My "power base" for a period of time was in one of the best roads in one of the poshest parts of Middlesbrough - Grove Hill. My office and workshop was in The Vale and it was stuffed with my paintings.