Andy Rhodes

Harvest Moon


The sole focus of the practice of Andy Rhodes is to explore a traditional inquiry within painting, concentrating on space in representation, the illusion of the picture plane, and the command of the gaze, a theory explored by Jacques Lacan. This is attempted through the creation of tension and atmosphere within the surface of the canvas, using a process of fragmentation and manipulation of photographic imagery, both found and self-taken, during the translation into paint. The result of this is an amalgamation of the real and the imaginary, the past and the future, hope and despair, the familiar and the unfamiliar. By contemplating on the selection of imagery and recurrence of motifs, inbuilt aesthetics are being realised revealing ideological landscapes that question the perception of reality.