When I talk about the evolution of an artistic style, I often liken it to handwriting and use the example of a written sentence as the artwork. It doesn't matter what the sentence says, the style of handwriting which is unique to the writer remains the same. This style may evolve over time, but the essence of it it does not.
Making art is very similar. The artist can turn his or her hand to many subjects, themes and genres but the style remains throughout. It is almost impossible to leave all traces of it behind even if one tries.
The initial catalyst for Ebb and Flow was industrial architecture, maps, and thinking about Colin McCahon's work around waterfalls and crosses. As it evolved, very organically it sort of took on a life of its own. I turned some of the canvases around and painted over areas. The idea was to create a flow but to keep a certain discord or incongruity, not quite connected but balanced nonetheless.
I try not to drift into the realms of making work that can only be understood by a select few. I'm not into that but it's nice to dive in and dissect a piece as it unfolds, without putting in a box.
Ebb and Flow 80 × 75 cm framed #abstractincongruity