“Fragment XLIII” – Oil on board, 40x30cm.
The Fragments series is experimental in both the use of materials and the abstraction of the portrait. Physical texture is achieved using a combination of heavy impasto techniques and vigorous destruction of the painted surface, stripped back with knives, wire brushes, sandpaper and solvent to reveal the finished painting. The portrait itself has been deconstructed, sometimes in an angular, geometric fashion, sometimes with a sense of fluidity. The face may not be immediately discernible, if at all, but searching for it should be visually exciting.