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painting (abstraction) 1982 - 1990:

Beginning in 1982 with a series of "mono-paintings" (paintings made using monoprinting techniques as "brushes") and combining these techniques with a fascination for the grids of the tile patterns in the London Underground, I made a long deep research into the workings of pure colour combined with strong structural supports.

Using varnish and pigment to "make" paint, and using chalk pastels scraped into wet varnish to build layer upon layer of broken texture, the surface came to resemble crumbly walls. The addition of wax granules produced a surface like honeycomb and pumice made a surface like fine sandstone.

This experimentation continued right up to the day when the fire was started in the barn which was my studio, but I regarded them as technical excercises that produced interesting results, adding possibilities to my arsenal of capabilities.

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