|The series of paintings
attempts to offer both viewer and artist the opportunity to escape
from figurative limitations, by creating works which provide an
equal chance for all shapes within the composition to be appreciated without prejudice,
since the paintings contain no 'Named' shapes and are born from a process
over which the artist has little or no control.
John O' Keeffe: 'I start by photographing the effect of
the light on gently moving water, because it offers a continuous
flow of unrepeatable anonymous colour shapes beyond my control,
which have been created as a result of real life images both
natural and man-made, being subjected to the same
deconstructive process irrespective of their importance.
In slicing through this continuously changing sequence
of shapes, the camera introduces a strong element of chance into the equation, freezing a unique moment relatively
free from my previous experiences and judgment.