Touchstone at Focus Gallery

The Focus Gallery in Hamilton asked me to write up a brief description of a piece I brought them on the weekend to send out to their list of clients and friends. Here's the piece, "Touchstone," and what I had to say in a a paragraph or so.

36" x 48"
Acrylic mixed media on panel

I wasn't exposed to much art as a kid but in the dining room of an aunt and uncle I do remember one original painting: a depiction of Venice during carnival. Balloons filled the sky and one was so black and flat, in an otherwise realist work, I couldn't stop staring at it--or it at me, I wasn't sure--wondering what if anything it meant and why the painter had treated it so differently. Subconsciously, I think, I had this painting in mind when I painted "Touchstone." The yellow circle-blob on the horizon (in a composition resembling the pyramid of the all-seeing eye, a friend obsessed with secret societies suggested, much to my chagrin for having been exposed) serves to pull the viewer in and through the scene. It could be an overhanging sign but also the sun, or the eye looking back at you, or a UFO. The figures, too, have a certain indeterminateness. What's in the mind of the woman to the left, glancing at what appears to be a mannequin in the foreground, and the heads of the apparent hipsters looking on idly from the distance? Lately, I've been trying to bring a narrative dimension to my work, while staying true to the "approach that feels right," namely a use of vibrant colours and expressive brushstrokes and a skirting of representational and abstract forms.