Rhys Conlon

Oil on canvas


Nature‚ “in the broadest sense‚” is the driving force behind this body of work. Part impulse and part calculation, each painting slowly evolves. At inception, I may have an image at hand, but this is merely a place to start. The canvas quickly fills with patches of color, shapes, and distinctly textured areas. Then the contemplation and editing begins. Lines form; marks disappear; pigments mix and change. Layering is where I discover those compositions that my imagination could never conjure up on its own‚ that is, without paint. As I account for balance and strive to create an engaging rhythm, there is often a sense of struggle, but eventually I am faced with a finished surface.