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Watch Your Back

Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection
Object Type: Painting
Artist/Maker: Thouless, Angela
Date: 1999
Media/Materials: Oil and blackboard paint on canvas
Dimensions: 206 x 165.5 cm
Classification: Painting


Statement: We cannot separate what we see from what we know. I feel that the child in us always stubbornly remains, therefore why not face the basic facts of image making honestly? Why should a painter be content to sit down before nature and paint it to the best ability? Why should we have to fill the demand that we should ‘paint what we see’? Everyone must have experienced how different the same place can look when we are happy or when we are sad. Therefore an art which deliberately changes the appearance of things to express a sense of superiority, or love, or fear, or outrage, or anger is something that everyone can relate to.
This painting began as simple experiments in media, a journey of combining violent brushwork, colour and energy to create a heightened and distorted actuality. Laying bare what I perceive to be the inner essence of things through expressive interpretation. My intention is to make an almost physical attack on its viewer, primitive and childlike figures packed tightly to form a kind of jigsaw of chaos and madness.

Figurative composition depicting distressed and injured figures.

Object Number: ABDRG10111