Murray Bowes, curator of collections, visited my studio one afternoon and we had a great chat about art and exhibitions. Murray proposed these works to the Acquisitions Committee and I was so pleased they chose them.
The incomplete is the main idea that connects these works. For me, the incomplete references our identity, in that the three big philosophical questions have no answer as yet - where do we come from? why are we here? and what happens when we die? It means we know something about ourselves but there is much we are not aware of - but what is it we have to know?
Missing is a picture about a painting that has been cut out of the frame, so the question is - where is the painting? Although part of the painting remains around the edges, the remnants pose the question - what does the stolen painting look like? It alludes to the portraits in that we know some of the pieces but not the whole.
Painting Drawing, 2010, oil on linen, 30 x 15 cm
Portrait of Deborah, 2009, oil on linen, 36 x 36 cm
Missing, 2010, oil on canvas, 83.5 x 60.5 cm