You can always change paint.
When you're knocking something together
in oils, the canvas can be worked and re-worked until you've got a rough
approximation of the image you're trying to achieve. Not so with marker
pens. The clue's in the name. They are pens which leave a mark; indelibly
That's why these particular works from Simon Parish appeal. They
capture brief moments and resonate with a sense of place, but are executed
in a stark manner which brings these fleeting memories back to life
in a vivid fashion which startles, and yes, delights. There's also an
obvious joy in wielding colour, with the images taking on an almost
abstract feel, with the seemingly mundane transfigured into something
magical. He may be dealing with the forgotten corners of our existence,
but he's lifted them to an altogether higher plane.
Parish: "I want the work to have an immediate visual impact and
yet to slowly reveal itself to the viewer on other levels. Drawing allows
me to operate in a space that is neither painting nor photography but
is something like them both. The particular materials I use, marker
pens, allow me to think like a painter without painting. Drawing can
operate quickly and efficiently and have the clarity of photography.
I like this hybrid state and feel my drawing operates in a place away
from modern technology and back to the handmade."
© Robert Meddes