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'A Flower of the Mountain CXVI ' by Philip Maltman


Philip Maltman has produced paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and written work over 40 years. His early work was inspired by meetings with Don Van Vliet, Alan Davie, Richard Demarco and Joseph Beuys. His white canvases with words and grafitti-like marks, inspired somewhat by Robert Rauschenberg, and his degree show of a red paint-spattered and dripping environment  presaged a much later knowledge and appreciation of the work of Cy Twombly. A mutual interest in James Joyce led to correspondence with, and a lecture on, Robert Motherwell in the 1980's.

"I extend my experience and enjoyment of the world by making artworks. This invariably results in chaos and sometimes in an acceptable order, which can be called painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, or photography; generically speaking, an artwork. Artworks for me are about mark making, drawn, painted, scratched, gouged, flooded, scrubbed, stuck, dried or dusted. The mark is paramount whether accidental or deliberate and is recognised as primarily an attempt to convey the accident of passion before the secondary concerns of deliberate representation or composition.

Drawing comes first, but photography is often the most immediate form of mark making being instant and comprehensive in trapping the ephemeral for subsequent exploration. I make work, which is about objects or marks on surfaces; my main area of interest is in the aftermath of human intervention in nature. This can be as direct as looking at a beach at low tide or as indirect as using astronaut's photographs of the earth from space. It can be as indirect as the residue of history or the discoveries of science. "External and internal scanning of the world", as Robert Motherwell said, "in which, finally, the subject is not the world but the artwork itself", which may in turn extend the viewers experience and enjoyment of the world."

38 x 31 cm

Oil on board, framed

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*Please note that all pieces in our Summer Exhibition will be sent after the exhibition closes on the 22nd June.

'A Flower of the Mountain CXVI ' by Philip Maltman




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