David Alcock: Paintings
GALLERY ONE, | 19/10/2013 : 01/12/2013
The work in this show ranges from heavily worked surfaces that have been repainted over many layers, through to a sparsely painted series of small scale works on canvas.
The common ground within these works is that they feature a balance of considered and controlled marks that interact with a more accidental type of mark.
David uses these accidents, drips and poorly mixed colours, featuring them, painting around them to highlight them and repeats them so they form as much a part of the structure of the paintings as the more considered marks. He believes every mark should have an equal footing.
Further to this he catalogues marks, both accidental and considered, noting them down, so that they can be quoted and re-used in future paintings.
David’s approach is to work straight onto the surface without a preconceived idea of where the painting is going to end, however at an early stage of the painting he often counteracts this intuitive approach and adds structure through the introduction of previously recorded marks.
“The last thing that happens to most of my paintings is to give them a title. I wouldn’t want the title to pin it down to being about one thing, it’s just something I feel like I need to do. I might see something in the painting at the time that connects with a personal experience or memory, and in that way it has a reference to the outside world. However in the end they are primarily about the process of painting and what the viewer sees in them.”