Shanghai Noon

Shanghai Noon evokes images of a spice market in a dusty place – like you sometimes see in films or TV dramas. Light peach, bright red and shades of purple and gold; colours that instantly harmonize together. Nothing too strong, nothing too loud yet the painting catches you from any angle.

I guess that’s partly due to it being very bright and extremely light. And because I like to get as much detail in as possible with there’s enough of the small stuff to keep your eyes occupied for years.

It’s more about restrained subtlety than shouting from the rooftops, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t fill the space it’s hung in. The use of horizontal lines is deliberate – to make the painting feel longer than it is.

It’s a visual technique used to make fat things look slimmer and long things look longer. I needed to do this to not only break up the structure a little but also to promote the feeling of size; we wouldn’t want it getting lost on a cream wall now would we?

The painting has a lot of form and structure but within that there’s plenty of abstraction (I tend to determine this word as “no recognizable forms or shapes that have any coherent relationship to their surrounding parts”).

In other words it’s a green light to have some fun without giving conscious thought to what goes after or what lies before. Very much an artwork of the moment. Easy going, relaxed and a bringer of warmth.