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Kerala

I was selected to be Artist-in-Residence at the International Centre for Cultural Development in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala for three months over the winter period 1997-98.

It was a hugely productive period me, consolidating many ideas about sense of place, local materials, and colours; and collaborating with local industries, craftsmen, and artists. I made around 65 small-scale (A2) paintings on paper in a tiny studio under the green tropical canopy. I also found my future wife, in a chance  encounter. The paintings are semi-abstract; a documentary diary of light, colour, surfaces, sounds and emotions. It was an extraordinary place to live and work.

Histories of places, events and people are recorded, sometimes unwittingly, in the walls and facades we construct, or touch in some way. Here, in this series, there is an attempt in this work to strip back those layers, to deconstruct and reveal what lies beneath the surface.