The works in this series were painted between 1981 and 1983. They represent a return to figuration after a long period of abstract painting. They were also my first paintings in oil paint since my student days at the Royal College of Art in the early sixties.


Classical Painting
1982
Dean Clough Collection

I had come back to my roots from living in London for many years and the paintings reflect my growing interest in changes in light, and the illumination to be found in the northern landscape. I also wanted to return to depicting solid form (which I had abandoned twenty years earlier) and to place these forms in illusory space. These urges would seem to suggest that I was taking some backward steps, but I was determined to paint what I actually felt, and not what I thought I should feel as I had perhaps been doing previously. I also had to learn to paint all over again, which was not easy. I think I had been a more accomplished painter when I was a student of nineteen.



The Box
1981
Private Collection


The influence of Giorgio de Chirco and particularly the poetry of the early metaphysical paintings might be imagined here, principally in the 'Box'. A close friend thought that they weren't about anything, of course he was being critical, but in fact he hit the nail on the head - it's exactly what I wanted to convey - only the stillness, perhaps tinged with melancholy, and nothing at all happening.



Golden Interior
1983
Dean Clough Collection


These paintings are a link to the earlier abstractions in that they use geometry as a subject but are really a step towards the paintings I produce today. Although my current works depict the human form, they are nevertheless about those abstract properties of light on and around form.



Cader Idris
1982
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Cader Idris 2
1982
Dean Clough Collection




Blue Interior
1982
Private Collection




Red Disc
1981
Dean Clough Collection