This painting was made using small studies and drawings done in the village of Anticoli Corrado, Lazio.
Previously I had made a series of paintings, based in the farmer’s gates in the village. I had then begun to search for another man-made structure within the landscape.
I found this shed, on the land of a local villager. Here the local keeps his tools and equipment.
The yellow, an old street railing, against the grey blue corrugated iron, in the strong spring and summer sunlight, provided a wonderful contrast.
I also liked the squareness of the shed, which was mirrored in the square of the canvas, the vegetation surrounding, almost framing the shed itself.
The structure of the shed seemed to have organised itself. A random collection of found material, built to create a shed.
This chaos was mirrored in the surrounding vegetation, very random, but with sense of harmony. Strong figuration reduced down to simple abstraction.
I have always been taken buy subjects that hold a sense of history within them. A sense of time pasted. The substance of paint holds something very contemporary and modern within it, and transferred onto a canvas can transform subjects deemed ‘old’ into a contemporary existence.