Working with the material of the paint brings my ideas to life, from vague images that are in my head; the manipulation of the paint on the surface makes the images a viable proposition that can be worked on further.
Initially I work from a persistent memory or a personal experience that has called out to be realised on canvas. The painting process allows me to develop the initial idea, the act of painting is like food to the idea, and the image builds or falls apart at every stage to make it a reality. It is a constantly evolving process.
I often use photography as a starting point for these paintings, as well as fabric patterns and the language of engineering drawing. By using perspective and surface pattern within the same image it allow me to create an ambiguity and tension within the space and lets the painting tell its own story.
'Earthlings, Monsters and Sheds', an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Jane Lewis, Kevin Lycett and Alan Pergusey.
These three artists are brought together for this exhibition by their feeling that there’s something not quite right with the world.
Jane Lewis will be showing a series of 12 profoundly moving drawings entitled ‘Earthlings’, which are a response to the tragic and seemingly hopeless plight of animals used for food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research.
Monsters are the central motif of Kevin Lycett’s paintings. His latest suite of monster paintings are inspired by the six words for love, used in the Greek language These will be supported by his earlier ‘mini-monster’ paintings.
Alan’s paintings takes the shed or cabin and explores what it means to us as a place of refuge, safety and surveillance.
2016 'Cabin Fever', Gallery Sixteen, Leeds. 'Re-Emergence', Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire. 2015 'Upside Down at the End of the World, Workshop Press Gallery, Leeds.
2005 Situation Leeds, a group show with Leeds Sculpture Workshop at the Brahm Gallery as part of this city wide festival of art in the public realm. 1997 ‘Champion’, a series of sculptural interventions in Leeds Canal Basin, and City Art Gallery, initiated by Leeds Sculpture Workshop. Hardcastle Crags Sculpture Trail, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. 1995 Fish & Timber installation, Windsor Baths, Bradford Festival. 1994 Hanging Fish installation,(solo),South Square Gallery, Bradford. 1993 Pergusey and Thomas,Warehouse Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, (2 person). 1992 Border Crossings, (2 person painting show), The Gill Gallery, Newham Leisure Centre, London. 1991 Design Innovation Centre, The Calls, Leeds (solo show) 1990 Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds (solo show) Cookridge Street Gallery, Leeds