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Paintings by Duncan Marshall


Artist statement

These paintings are built up over a number of weeks by applying the paint in small gestural marks.  Because the paint is applied with a pencil the size of the marks are limited and each stroke is invested with the trace of the movement.  This means that the pigments react with each other in a way that creates an optical vibration across the surface.

The way in which I have executed the paintings relates to certain experiences of nature where the gaze is dispersed by an abundance of individual stimuli, and although everything is encompassed, nothing in particular is seen.  Because of the way the paintings are built up over time they take on a similar meditative quality.

The motif of the veil arises in part due to the physical constraints of the way I have painted on the surface and the deliberate disclosure of process that occurs around the ‘frayed’ edges.

Image courtesy of the artist