Enter the Forest at the Darkest Point
The title of the UK-born, US-based artist’s latest exhibition is drawn from a quote by US mythologist and writer, Joseph Campbell, who urges us to ‘enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path’. In so doing, we find what American poet, Robert Frost, termed the road ‘less travelled we learn to find our truest selves through a constant process of internal death and rebirth’. In these works, the artist is reminded of the legend from ancient Mesopotamia, the Epic of Gilgamesh (circa 2700 BC), a seminal work in the tradition of heroic sagas. He matches his creative storytelling with a unique painterly vocabulary: finespun, dry-brushed rugs; abstract and viscous planes of colour (rendered as walls); and delicate figuration, represented through spellbinding graphics.
Having won acclaim for the exuberance of his opulently-furnished interiors, the artist creates a landscape and mood that sees the corner not as a cul-de-sac, but the primary catalyst for an honest mental narrative. Surrounded by richly-coloured walls and an enticing wall graphic motif designed exclusively by the artist, his iconic ‘corner’ paintings question the concept of our own interiority, our own psychic space. In this exhibition, however, enter into the drama and enchantment of his forest, a place long synonymous with a need to overcome and prevail in the face of adversity, prompting us to seize the chance to become who we really are.