All artist’s work is influenced by many different factors; from culture to politics, surroundings, family, upbringing, the list is endless. All of these and more have had an influence on my work, as well as some artists in particular. One such artist is M.C. Escher, the graphic artist whose artworks were hugely influenced by mathematics and the geometric patterns that developed from this, in particular, the topology of regular tilings of the plane which has always fascinated me also. Escher was an artist largely ignored in his early career, his explorations of platonic solids, symmetry and geometry did not appeal to the art establishment and yet the combination of his insight combined with his love of nature and the beauty he saw all around him, meant that his art, woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints are now hugely influential in the art world and have intrigued me from an early age.
My fascination with Escher’s work developed from my love of pattern, the changing shapes created through movement with lines, shadows and precision. My background in science and the type of analytical thinking I have been trained in is an obvious influence on much of the work I make. I am a contemporary artist with a traditional outlook, enjoying the aesthetics in my art.
‘Floating on A Sea of Green’, is my homage to MC Escher based on a selection for his work “Stars”. This and a series of other paintings in my geometrical and abstract collection highlights my love of working with complementary colours. When used together in such geometric pieces the colours make each other sing brighter and louder than usual. The scientific colour theories of complementary colours began the fascination with the Impressionists and of course, have a huge importance in so much of art history and have definitely manifested a significant role in my paintings.
My most recent painting ‘Empty’ plays with perspective, colour and line and displays an obvious link to Escher’s style based as it is on the architecture of the Escher Museum in The Hague. The interplay of the arches, stairs, railings, floors and ceilings contribute to the organised confusion of ‘Empty’- a space waiting for the return of the crowds when life returns to normal.