Brian Blanchflower: Particle Paradise (Nuclear Family)

Art Artwork from Australia. Published by M.C.A. on Wednesday 24 September 2014.

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For Brian Blanchflower, painting is an ongoing enterprise – a statement about where one is, in an internal sense – a merging of inner experience with reactions to outer phenomena.

Like a journey, painting is discovery and, as the artist believes, it is about opening oneself to the unknown. The notion of infinite ‘magical transformations of worlds within worlds’ continues to fascinate the artist whose work is an encapsulation of human experience, time and memory.

Across the various phases of his practice, the landscape has been always present. As a young artist in England in the 1960s, Blanchflower was impressed by ancient sites and megaliths – a clue perhaps to the artist’s consistent concern with our place in the cosmos. Above all, it is the materiality of painting that is key: the undifferentiated spaces of earth and sky and accumulated layers of paint are made to appear as if part of the same natural process. Blanchflower seems less interested in creating an illusion of space: rather he grounds it in material that acts as the earth itself, a place of growth and blossoming. The Australian desert has been a great influence: not just the colours and textures of the earth and shimmering night sky, but the parched vastness and sense of infinity associated with nocturnal visions.

Particle Paradise (Nuclear Family) expresses a sense of latent energy in the universe, and is an attempt to trace the flux of being.

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