David Bridgeman

David Bridgeman

The works, although abstracted images, are rooted in some way to an object, place or emotion. They have a sense of place or belonging.

They are not planned. There are no preparatory sketches. They evolve intuitively.

And although there may have been some original memory or idea, that notion is long gone as the work progresses. The process of the image-making takes over and the image becomes something quite different and unexpected. I love that element of surprise.

The paintings either originate from small focal points and spread or they start their life as a whole plane and move inwards.

I utilize whatever materials and paints are currently available at the time and these dictate the image. A variety of supports are used; plywood, canvas, paper, aluminium, plastic. The images are created in a variety of ways through the use of acrylics, oils, collage, charcoal, oilstick, printmaking. There is much reworking. Each piece struggles to find its way.

As I work, painterly issues arise regarding the depiction of space, weight, colour and these are negotiated and dealt with as the work progresses. The works are often a surprise as I pull intuitively from a lexicon of imagery and mark-making developed over many years.

The paintings are a product of so many things. They reflect who I am, my changing moods, my experiences, my immediate environment, my travels, a complex childhood and family.  They reflect my interest in collecting things; a need to organize, index, file; a love of books, libraries, museums and ancient civilsations. They have a diaristic element to them as I record and respond to feelings and emotions on a changing daily basis. They can have a possessiveness about them, a controlled aggression.

A life in the Caribbean that was only ever intended to last for 2 years, affords me a reflective platform from which to view my work in the context of the country of my birth and my home in the Cayman Islands.

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