My recent body of work is drawn from the classical theme of Memento Mori; and uses motifs such as flowers, birds and insects, which historically, are said to remind the viewer of their own mortality of the vanity of earthly glory and pleasure. I weave flora and fauna into magical, jewel like landscapes and are a continuation from my 2007 Dark Gardens series. My paintings are based on a romantic attitude, drawing elements from traditional painterly values whilst communicating a unique expressive quality with an intuitive and spontaneous approach to my work. I often work over a previous painting, adding then rubbing back layers of paint so that the under-painting can be seen in part. This gives a sense of history to the works. My use of jewel-like colours against a sombre background gives the paintings a back-lit quality, and the contrast of mark-making veers from subtle glazing techniques to broad sweeping brush strokes to create a dramatic stage set of landscapes and gardens. read full statement

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  • Nature Morte by Michael Petry published by Thames and Hudson

    Blain Southern Gallery, 4 Hanover Square London W15 1BP

    I have some work in Nature Morte by Michael Petry published by Thames and Hudson. Official book launch October 29th 2013 6-8pm

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