C. James Fagan
ANDREW JOHNSTONE art
My paintings are the product of an intellectual thought process leading to a visualisation of an inner state.
The starting point for any piece of work is the imagination triggered by reading, research or working from life.
The female figure with at times awkward poses is a predominant feature in my work.
Paintings develop through experimentation and intuition but with an awareness and control of the media used.
Working in oil and mixed media I often use layering of materials combined with painting techniques to create a physical and emotional depth. ('Women with a Past' portrait series, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 2008) The use of collage is something I frequently return to in my work.
Paintings deal with confinement and restriction and themes of domesticity and sexuality ( My Mother's Sewing Box' series, Elysium gallery, Swansea 2009)
Childhood memories and emotional experiences are also recurring themes in my work .