Amplifier is one of many older works in progress which still seems to have some potential. I often find that when I put something down for a few weeks, I never really quite get back into it, and things tend to move off in new directions. As a result I have a fascination for painters like Howard Hodgkin who seem to be able to pick up and put down multiple canvases sporadically, over a period of many years, a working method that I'm keen to explore further.
At the time I made these studies I was trying to progress some of what I’d learnt from my Quad drawings, especially the monochrome variants, and was en route to drawing Radial / THREE.
There’s a fairly simple modular structure of concave and convex forms, overlaid with a geometry that I hope captures some of the shimmering life that you get with Chinese studies of carp swimming in water, or the swirling coloured endpapers of beautifully marbled Edwardian books. More recently I cut the study up into horizontal bands, and also produced a masked edit, which hints intriguingly at the geometry below it’s grey surface… to be continued.