I enjoy and look forward to painting from everyday life because it is experiential. The experience is not only the act of painting but the shift of looking at the world from a different perspective. I find this is accentuated when being away, because you are already in that mode.
It´s when you’re not on your way anywhere, but just hanging around for the sake of seeing and experiencing this, that you get a richer feeling of your reality. You develop a feeling for the place you are, even if you’re painting your own street, and that feeling of a sense of place can sometimes last for hours after.
When painting I find the imagery emerges from stuff like shapes, a dark patch, a green bit over there. It’s a lot about being in the moment. This is different to when painting strokes and patterns, which is a more process-based way of making art.
I need the pattern making, I don’t know why really. I need detail. I like to give myself more work for some reason. I like the unity it brings to the painting. If there’s too much weight in any part of the image, I can see that higher contrast, it takes my eyes to it. But I would rather my eyes not have a landing spot. I think these patterns unify the image and take the edge off the contrast.
– David Asher Brook, June 2018.
Opening: Sunday 3 June 3-5pm.
Exhibition to be opened by John Cruthers, art advisor, curator, writer and collector. All welcome.