During the month of March, I will be exhibiting the following works at the Earls Court Gallery , 215 Ottawa St N, in Hamilton Ontario. They are part of a group exhibition featuring Rick Cook, Rachel Ovadia, Sandor Monos and myself. This gallery is a new connection for me and both, the owner Bob Daniels and his curator Kelly Dreenan have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome. Bob has created a wonderful white space in a part of the city that has been left dilapidated for decades. His efforts are helping to regenerate the streetscape in the area.
“Boilermaker” is painted in oil on canvas and is a mid-sized work at 30″ x 40″. It was painted earlier this year (2014)
The subject is geometric and abstract and the title suggests an industrial connection, which I really like as its like my personal history. However I oddly found the title on a list of cocktail drinks. I also feel that in the work there is reference to fabric design and medieval tapestry design.
The composition is dominated by a strong vertical central panel painted in various reds, greys and black. There is a fabric texture worked through the divisions of red colour. The central panel is flanked on either side by a mosaic like patterning of smaller blocks in grey, black and white. The blocks are painted in contrasting tones which interact optically and support a dynamic rhythm over the whole piece.