Making very small paintings is not as straightforward as one might imagine. I used to call them ‘palette cleaners’ as I tried to make small paintings from the remaining mixed colours on my palette. I was kidding myself mostly as just about never did these paintings work out or did not require their own unique fresh paint. For me small paintings usually come at the end of a body of work, when my confidence is high and am more dexterous. They also enable me to try out some of the ideas which had not made it on the bigger works, or experiment with the colour palette.
These seven small work were all made as I came to the end of the works for the show. I have the illustrator Brecht Evens to thank for the inspiration on the colour palette for a couple of these – his work adorned my studio walls over the winter to remind me to be bolder with my colour.