Paul Woodruffe | Pop Tones
12 – 31 May
Recent experience has shaped the domestic subject choices for this body of work, with the intent of making these paintings to imbue the ordinary with a sense of the extraordinary.
Woodruffe has created a retinal experience that is coupled to a suggestion of narrative, with both the still & contemplative, and the playfully energetic. His use of use of high-quality pigments creates an intense popping vibrancy within the same frame – often using frames within a frame. Layered areas of rich bold tones and metallic pigments become powerful reflectors of light, producing local experiences within an image – almost musical in its effect.
The over-all result is that of allegorical narrative painting, yet these stories are stubbornly open-ended and intentionally un-determined. Sections of a canvas can be surreal – even otherworldly – while elsewhere there might revisions of history and depictions of more humble domestic activities.
Woodruffe’s dynamic use of colour and repeating forms cuts through these compositions, with suspended structures and shapes, which at times seem to oscillate between foreground and background. These paintings are a celebration of the everyday, an everyday that reflects the time, the landscapes, and the cultural contexts the artist finds himself living in.