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Affinity Paintings ︎︎︎



These paintings were made for my MFA degree show at Edinburgh College of Art where they won the Society of Scottish Artists New Graduate Prize.

The starting point for these works was imagined interactions of microscopic bacteria, with chemical reactions and fluid movements under a microscope. Ambiguous forms and blossoming networks of graphic shapes within the layers of composition suggest dynamic movement and a simultaneous coming together and splitting apart of matter. The layering and mixing of contradictory materials, traditional oils with industrial varnish and enamels, was deliberately alchemic, and I embraced and attempted to restrain the accidental reactions of the paint. Uncontrolled pours of liquid layering with meticulous areas of hand painting; chaos and control existing in tension.

The works were displayed alongside coloured fluorescent lights, so as the viewer moved the reflective surfaces of the paintings shimmered, the compositions appearing to move and shift.








Affinity (2016)

Oil, enamel, varnish and spray paint on leatherette fabric

80 x 100 cm






Implosion (2016)

Oil, enamel, varnish and spray paint on leatherette fabric

80 x 100 cm






Inward Collapse (2016)

Oil, enamel, varnish and spray paint on leatherette fabric

120 x 160 cm






Toxic Corrosive (2016)

Oil, enamel, varnish and spray paint on leatherette fabric

120 x 160 cm






Splitting (2016)

Oil, enamel, varnish and spray paint on leatherette fabric

160 x 120 cm