Work

'Primroses'

2014

"Cy Twombly once said to me, 'your paintings give the illusion of being about these forms but, in fact, they are about the backgrounds'. For a long time I have been interested in this idea where you have a formal matrix but also an element that challenges that structure. Primroses have a personal, emotional meaning for me from my time in Devon as a young student. I recently had a series of traumatic bereavements and wanted to do something that calmed me. Painting these made me calm. I noticed that what first seems like a random structure within one flower appears repeated in a cluster of primroses. With my limited knowledge of science and physics it has become apparent that decoration or pattern exists in the fundamental fabric of everything. There is order to chaos." – Brian, 2014