“As a painter obsessed with “real” things I find myself increasingly drawn to the limits of representation and what possibilities are available for new meaning.My paintings are starting to become entwined with language, “the real” and the material. I am always concerned with ideas of transition and gaps between things. Meaning is uncertain, unstable and the playful relationship of language between word and image can define the outcome of “the real”. The material weight and relief of paint is physically building in places where it could affect meaning. A carved lover’s name in a tree is becoming a scar in paint. Between “the real”, the material and language there is infinite possibility within those limitations. The painting starts to become a thing in itself.” – Peter Harrap
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