Paul Critchley Rainford, St Helens

Perspective is a lie. Using perspective for organizing space is fine when all you want to do is concentrate your vision in a narrow direction. However the moment you try to encompass just that little bit more then distortions creep in making the foreground look and feel huge; what was once the focal point of the picture is lost as the edges of the picture take over and dominate. In 1985 I abandoned the standard square and rectangular picture formats in order to work with these distortions in scale and shape rather than to ignore them; exploiting them to make my paintings feel more real. When I began working with irregular shapes I painted interiors by using multiple viewpoint perspective in order to show the whole environment. In recent paintings I have started painting individual object which are shaped to reflect the actual object portrayed. These shapes are an integral part of the painting and as such are not chosen arbitrary. For example, a painting of a sofa is shaped to look like the actual shape of the sofa. Or a cube is shaped to appear three dimensional. The shape adds to the feeling of reality, making the painting supra-real." "


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