ascending and descending between worlds

The geometry of stairs in all their fascinating varieties – sharp and steep leading down to a cellar or sweeping upwards to a grand hall – always provides a tantalising prelude to what is hidden from view. They are still, silent, inanimate, yet hold the possibility of suspense and surprise.

Stairs, landing and door in silver grey
Stairs, landing and door in silver grey [Cat: 0015, Stairs # 03, 16 x 16″ / 40 x 40 cm, Giclee Print, 2007]
I have treated the subject in several different ways in my work and will continue to explore other avenues to feed my fascination with stairs, hallways and passages.

In my latest works I have added people to the scenes to see how they react to this intriguing environment.

Shapes & Landscapes

Shapes & Landscapes is a series of work that endeavours to explain my synesthetic visual perception of the world around me.

Other studies in this series are (06) STAIRS, they have always fascinated me with their suspense and surprise; (07) NATURAL FORMS: ABSTRACTS, the challenge of using Natural Forms as a starting point for abstracts is that they are never still; (35) PANES, Reflections open up many possibilities for abstract shapes; (36) MOUNT, well rounded physical structures make satisfying shapes; (37) BRIDGE, anchored at each end bridges defy gravity; (38) PLATEAU, flat plains in elevated positions make interesting geometry; (39) VALLEY, there are many types of valley which encourages experimentation; (40) ARCH, Arches have gentle curves and key stones that hold the structure in place.