Family paintings 1991-97

The family paintings started out as archetypal images of a family, but developed to inhabit more structured spaces suggestive of a contemporary environment. All the paintings were improvised, and these were like laboratory paintings for me. The thick over-worked surfaces bear the signs of the struggle I was having to evolve my own way of picture making. In retrospect, I can see my pictorial interest in relationships, people and contemporary space emerging through this series of paintings. They also represented a technical change in my way of working, using gloss paint, and laying the canvas on the floor - a technique that was introduced to me by the painter, John Kiki.