rae hicks

landscape-with-benches

Rae Hicks’ paintings invite recognition as figurative depictions, by using a narrow colour palette and working quickly, the paintings end up as something between a sketch and a ‘completed’ picture. As such, they are intended as hypothetical proposals for landscapes.

Through the format of a picture and use of paint, I encourage a small amount of belief and familiarity in the proposed setting. However, through the materiality and actual handling of the paint, some of the vital data should be lost, leaving a gap in explanation and thereby highlighting the co-dependency between the landscape, it’s furniture, and individual perceptions.

His process employs a kind of reverse engineering of visited and remembered places or objects. Trying to get back to the motivation behind the manufacture of these things, using the logic to create impressions which recall their originals to differing extents.

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