Grown Man

2001, Acrylic on Canvas, 116 x 89cm. Grown Man (Painting By Numbers 1) was the first of a series of graphic, colour-lined works where the painting was predetermined and somehow democratic.

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Grown Man (Painting By Numbers 1) was the first of a series of graphic, colour-lined works where the painting was predetermined and somehow democratic. The central figure came from a human-scale marker in an architectural drawing seen during my involvement with the V&A's 'British Galleries' installation in 2001. The concept was that a 'consumer/participant' is given a set of painting tools. This was to be my 'Art for All' kit. As with Frank Stella, the participant could only use the width of the brush to follow the contours of the central character. The instruction was to then intuitively mix given colours adding ivory black in increasing increments towards the painting's edge.