PAUL GIBBS: painter/sculptor

paul.gibbs@lineone.net

(above) painting by paul gibbs  2000-2001
Oil on canvas, 8 ft x 5 ft 

ARTISTS STATEMENT

One major concern has been to paint pictures that don't mimic notional windows or that trick you into believing you are looking through them onto a subject elsewhere.

In these recent non-representational paintings, I intend object and subject to be integrated so that the paintings don't exist as diluted representations, copies or ghosts of anything else.

Viewed subjectively the colours and shapes in each painting can suggest any number of things from Monet's water-lilies to atomic or cell-like structures. Much as with a Rorschach inkblot they can be used as a fulcrum for the imagination and even for spiritual meditation.

These are very much paintings for the eye, in fact highly formal and deliberate, they still suggest something organic and casual. The colours though saturated are never harsh because the juxtapositions of shapes and colours suggests a transparency which allows them to merge,  to recede and advance in turn.

The spiral or wavy-zigzag paintings (not shown) have a droll and quite unimportant "Op" effect intended not so much to dazzle the eye as to coax the viewers eyes to roam about the painting surface to follow the non-repeating patterns.

These works were exhibited Jun and Dec 2000 at Cable Street Studios, 566 Cable St, East London.

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