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Alex Ramsay


'Edge of Town 2' is from an ongoing series of paintings that are concerned with urban landscape and notions of travel. These paintings usually feature a single central image; a car, shopping trolley or a lonesome train. They contain a wide range of figurative references, which emerge from a primarily abstract painting process. I like to keep aspects of the painterly idioms that I have encountered during the journey of making the painting, in the completed picture; an aknowledgement of my own past, as well as that of the painting.

Through this dialectic relationship with the language of painting, I aim to focus mood, association and metaphor. To set up an interaction between real and imaginary worlds, that oscillates between the delights of image and facture. These painting have a comic dimension, in a downbeat, somewhat Freudian way. I would like them to be beautiful as well.

Lonely Planet - Acrylic, alkyd, chalk, glitter on canvas, h200cm x w241cm

Edge of Town 2 - oil on canas, h175cm x w193cm