My goal is to produce paintings that paint themselves, that generate outcomes that intrigue and surprise me. They are constructed using a method I developed during my degree course in fine art, this entails dropping the paint rather than using a brush. Each concentric circle is formed by a single drop that falls into the fluid filled canvas. This impacts upon areas of the painting close by and sometimes the entire painting. This non-interventionist approach allows the self-organisational character of the paint to reveal itself effortlessly producing delicate structure and pattern that manual dexterity would be hard-pressed to emulate. As the paintings dry self-organisation occurs as critical decisions are made at the most intricate and intimate level within the paint itself. The results that arise by this method often resemble structures that occur within natural self-organising systems, for example animal and plant cells or mineral and crystal formations.
The structure and pattern produced surprise me as they are not strictly of my design but arise from an area not open to manual manipulation, this intrigues me and tempts me to explore further.
Qualifications and training
- 2003 BA (Hons) Fine Art 1st class, University of Central England, Birmingham
- 2012 Gail Troth, Twycross Zoo Gallery, Atherstone Warwickshire
- 2008 Epoch Makers, Three White Walls Gallery, The Mailbox, Birmingham
- 2007 Intra-, City Inn, Birmingham
- 2006 Mutual Gravity, The Artlounge, The Mailbox Birmingham
- 2003 Strange Attractor Solo Exhibition, Saint Pauls Gallery, Birmingham
- 2007 Birmingham Open, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
- 2006 Art and Islam: Halima Cassell and Gail Troth, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
- 2004 DLA Art Award Finalists Exhibition, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, Mayfair, London
- 2005 'Synthesis' Painting/Installation, Birmingham Botanical Gardens Gallery, Birmingham
Competitions, prizes and awards
- 2003 1st Prize Golley Slater Fine Art Award, Birmingham Institute Art and Design, Birmingham
- 2001 1st Prize - St Martins Commission, St Martins Church Arts Centre, Birmingham