clashing colours, complementary after- glows

#seeinginthedark – sensations of spatial awareness

Can we see with our eyes closed? We can see perfectly clearly in our dreams and even when we are awake with our eyes closed, we get the sense of the space around us. It has been suggested that sensitive areas of our cheeks can generate a sensation of spatial awareness through a number of sensors.

If we can feel what we can see, can we believe what we see? The work of M C Escher has a wide appeal and fascinates graphic artist as do the ticks of visual illusion, Ponzo’s rail track illusion, silhouettes of two faces that could be a vase and Kanizsa’s triangle.

Both the static and the digital visual experiments work with the visual effects of clashing colours, the halos they produce and the after images.

Room # 01
Original artwork rendered in 3D [Cat: 21/9999, Room # 01, 16 x 20″ / 40 x 50 cm, Gouache on board, 1968]


Peter Town is a born storyteller gifted with an ability to translate both everyday quirks and deeper philosophical musing through his work. Often using strong lines, vibrant colours and symbolism in his pictures, Town has combined a long and successful career as a designer and entrepreneur with a vibrant artist portfolio. Many of Town’s paintings use strong shapes and primary colours, such as the Stairs series, whilst others are quieter and more contemplative as they represent a more tranquil inner space. His abstract series of prints and paintings represent works where the narrative is more ambiguous but ever-present. He sees landscapes, interior spaces and natural forms as abstract shapes and colours and transcribes these onto canvas. Having studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham in the era when Michael Craig-Martin, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Jim Dine wielded their influence, Town went on to the Royal College of Art. Taking advantage of his brilliance for being able to communicate ideas through illustration, Town went on to have a hugely successful career over four decades as a designer. Throughout, he has continued to paint and to develop his artistic style through drawings, acrylics, photography, and printmaking.