Work

'Sienna' paintings

19891990

"At the time of writing, my paintings tend to be produced in a strict pattern. They begin by covering the stark white canvas with thin washes of burnt sienna oil colour. These washes, as far as I understand them, have two functions. First, they remove from the picture plane the paralysing virginity of the white rectangle, taking away the sense of terror that accompanies the first mark. And second, the different levels of wash create an illusion of depth of field and imply a foreground, a middle distance and a dark spatial continuum. The spatial quality of these watery brush-strokes I find comforting and ancient." – Brian, in his essay 'Drawing on Architecture', from Academy Edition's monograph Brian Clarke: Architectural Artist.