the black paintings

‘the black paintings’ were created in response to a number of widely documented maritime oil spills and military conflicts that caused massive environmental pollution of sea, land and wilderness. They were exhibited at the ‘Lie of the Land’ exhibition at Ikon, Birmingham. Made with artex and bitumen on canvas, one of the largest paintings ‘Alaska’ was the focus of a subsequent one person exhibition at Walsall Art Gallery. The single painting filled one wall and was supported by sketchbooks, visual source material and a soundtrack of Gavin Bryars’ ‘Sinking of the Titanic’ along with Henryk Gorecki’s ‘Symphony no.3’. By coincidence the private view occurred the day the Gulf oil rigs were bombed.