Thirteen new works completed during this last year affirmed my determination to recover from a life threatening event.
These studio paintings are made from sketches ranging from Mangonui in Northland to newly discovered villas, sheds, islands and a shop front on the long familiar North Shore of Auckland.
What unites them as a series is that they are compositions that depend on cast shadows, visible in reality yet intangible.
Like reflection and refraction they are ephemeral illusions, all relevant elements to my painting.
The varied spacial effect of shadows cast by architecture and plants demanded great concentration. This often fought with intuition, but in the end the ‘idea’ of a painting won.
The final works are painted in alkyd, for me a medium tolerant and mobile.
I have documented this exhibition with the original sketches, notes, models and diagrams.
Sciaphobia, ‘the fear of shadows’ is to me an unfamiliar notion.
David Barker, April 2014
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