First Date

First Date is a work from a new series of paintings exploring the theme of speculative portraiture. It is part of a series intended to expand working methods, as these paintings on glassine will be housed in museum-standard frames, mounted on bespoke plinths allowing both sides of each painting to be viewed.
At the heart of the series is a duality between form and non-form, occasionally employing the use of the silhouette to give the illusion of presence. The simplicity of the dominant media, oil, the use of glassine as support, brings us straight to the surface. The importance of surface cannot be underestimated. Line is replaced by areas of contact and omission. Space is filled around an image. Areas left blank depart from their role as suggestive silhouette and resonate with the absence of form. The apparent economy of structure is the result of a cumulative process whereby each repeated stroke has its own micro-aura of overlap. Here we are drawn into immediate participation, our need for information becomes the driving force. Form is once again conveyed through accumulation and omission but with the added complexity of suggested forms. Most recently, these curious forms have taken on a distinctively figurative, almost sculptural quality.

Lloyd Durling

Lloyd Durling

Lloyd studied BA Fine Art at the Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham, 1997-2000
His interests include, amongst others, Andrei Tarkovsky, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Clyfford Still.
Lloyd Durling

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