Holyhead, Robert
I make abstract paintings in relation to small watercolour studies that initiate possibilities or act as starting points for new works. The watercolours are made in response to my ongoing visual observation of the formal devices used to represent the abstract language within painting. The work attempts to gather and to clear; gather in the sense of bringing things into view, then clearing through a process of reducing and refining the surface. This method allows each painting to suggest an autonomous centre, ultimately resisting the tradition of compositional outcome (each new work being informed by the previous) and hopefully allowing the activity and language to remain precarious and the surface convincing. Robert Holyhead
  • Artwork Details: 50.8 x 35.6cm
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  • Material description: oil on canvas
  • Credit line: Anonymous gift, 2009 © the artist
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  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC26/2009



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