I Don’t Understand You, Can You Speak Up?, 2014
Oil and charcoal on canvas
Original size” 101 x 151 x 5.5 cm
Photographer: Christopher Bagnall
Bagnall is a painter who is concerned with the notion that a stranger is an abstract ideal. Currently, his work begins with a series of small sketches of strangers. By drawing people he does not know, he is able to focus on the form and presence rather than their identity. Through this process he has discovered, the sketches become about a very peripheral experience of observing the person whilst the identity of the individual remains largely unknown. Upon return to the studio, these drawings become a catalyst for painting.
Through the process of transcribing these sketches into paint he has to scrape and reapply paint repeatedly; forming several layers that overlap which creates further abstraction of the figure and its surroundings. The result is an image that has been informed by an observation and the act of drawing. Selected exhibitions include: Crocodiles with a Second Skin Thrash, 2012; Designated Viewpoint, 2012; Deep Philosophical Thoughts Stole My Bike, 2013; and EM13 Residency, 2013.