This is one of a series of paintings by the artist concerned with the basic processes of life and reproduction.
- Oil on canvas Dimensions: 22 x 19 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,500 ( Total: £5,000)
- Acquired in:
- Mark Francis
In these paintings many of the forms are grouped randomly while others combine into chains or clusters. The artist achieves a three-dimensional quality to the organisms, and also a sensation of movement through their arrangement and treatment. While some works celebrate life's formation, others hint at something darker. In Release there is a suggestion of nature out of control, the sense of threat intensified by the destiny of the black paint. Although it is exquisite and refined, there is a menacing aspect to the picture which evokes contemporary fears about rapacious microbes and deadly viruses such as HIV.