bernard charnley


The act of painting as an intuitive, sensory and tactile intelligence, underlies my output. Each painting in this series is a journey to realise a visual metaphor for the paradox of radical change. On the one hand the inevitable destruction and on the other, the transformative energy. Each image alludes to a sea or landscape where an unspecified place and human made structure is undergoing violence. This disturbing event is at the same time the site of colour, light and the exuberance of the painted surface. The tension resulting and its resolution each time as an imaginary, is what attracts and drives this present series.
It is a focus that explores the play between traditional concepts of dystopia and the sublime. Yet at the same time I see it as a contemporary reflection on a violent world and its contrasting emancipatory energies.