My paintings, drawings and sculptures of imaginary human form explore the role of imagination in our inner and outer experiences.

 

In 2018, after fifteen years of painting abstractly I was drawn to work figuratively, feeling compelled to express deeper human feeling in my work. I questioned human likeness, identity and their authenticity. I investigated how our imaginations may invent who we think we are, how we feel and perhaps colour everything we experience. 

 

It was the decision to paint imaginary people that created the space and structure to explore my own depths of feeling, and more broadly how our imaginations behave to shape our reality. 

 

My work practice principally aims to bring about a feeling of life, not in a narrative sense, but locked into the paint itself. As the figures and heads become more fractured and free, opportunities to imbue even more feeling into the paint is more compelling and urgent. 

 

All the works are unplanned and completely imaginary, with no direct source material. I constantly push against illustration and towards accident.

The figures are deliberately often not gender specific nor driven by a particular narrative or story. This ambiguity keeps the works open to interpretation and allows more of what I call life-ness to exist in the work. 

 

As I develop the work practice, I remain committed to depicting imaginary humans that express a feeling of life. In parallel, I continue to explore philosophical questions about how much of life exists solely within.

 © 2020 Michael Pemberton