Richard BartleArtist, Maker, Arts administrator
As a child learning to swim I used to have nightmares about the drain hole at the bottom of the swimming pool, not helped I may add by that horror story about that girl who got her arm stuck and was sucked in to the pipe. These are the feelings and personal stories that my new works have grown from, they are an evolving and expanding journey through a my own memory banks to seek out the uncanny moment, they are not necessarily autobiographical more about those things in life that are worth sharing. They are a return to a textured, playful, and tactile practice, A return to colour for the sake of colour, to the very essence of structure and form and material. These new works represent a deep shift in my own personal artistic journey towards that which I always loved about art, especially painting: substance, pleasure, playfulness and vibrancy.