Photography copyright Alexander Liden

"The awkward reality of being"

The interaction between fellow human being is a complex ballet crowded with emotion. It is from tis minefield that I developed a curiosity in our idiosyncrasies and relationships to reality. I paint a form of psychological drama.

Drawn into my paintings by intricately executed elements, the viewer is then left with a slight sense of unease. Orchestrated by frequently larger than life size figures, this disquiet occurs subsequent to feelings of wether they are inclusive, exclusive or even intrusive.

The impact of negative space is essential. The figures are positioned strategically in various poses and stances within the pure white surface, influencing the painting’s character and the impact that it will have. This play with the space, on or off the canvas, creates an imperceptible weight, and gives rise to the possibility of open narratives.

At the core of my paintings, however, are the figures. Either lost within their state of mind, dwelling within their own thoughts, or eagerly seeking attention, they are trying to give sound to their irrevocable silence.

Charlotte Hopkins Hall, 2014.