I have always liked the associations we place upon particular colours. For me, when I see reds like these I automatically think of a roaring open fire, the bright glow it creates and the shadows that dance across the walls.
Super Colossal (although not named because it’s the biggest painting I have ever done) certainly reminds me of this but it’s actually got roots in the Red Giant planetary bodies like Betelgeuse – cooling stars like our own sun. I love physics (and related subjects) and it’s hard not to let the wonderment of the universe filter into my interpretations of things. Actually I think that’s a good thing between you and me!
Unusually I have used a very thin set of paint layers this time and deliberately so. This is about the subtlety of blending as much as the shapes I have used. Carefully planting the right thickness of paint in the right area has defined a clear set of boundaries within the composition. Why? Well I wanted to create some stopping points for the eye – to avoid the colours becoming overwhelming. Break points can be essential in larger compositions – depending on the subject of course.
As a lover of certain styles of painting by Gerhard Richter this is influenced in certain parts to his drag-and-remove application techniques. This painting, no matter what it may convey to you, is going to bring warmth, style and a sense of individuality wherever it hangs.