An Archive of Ideas

RICHARD KIRWAN

Richard Kirwan’s practice involves making paintings. Their characteristic components involve colour, motif and size. These devices are deployed with restraint – but with a complex variety of visual associations.
Boundaries between colours are described by hard-edged geometries. Drawn lines are modified by replacing the pencil point with the scalpel blade used to create the hand-cut stencils that are applied to the surface of the canvas, painted, and then removed. The evidence of gestural handling is contained within the geometry of the composition, and apparent only upon close inspection of the surface; a suggestion of controlled expression.