Into the Blue Again
Sat Aug 04 2018
Sun Aug 26 2018
Into the Blue Again - a solo show by David Troughton
Born in Coventry in 1951, internationally exhibited painter and teacher David Troughton is showing his work in Whitstable for the second time. David makes works using an eclectic selection of found images, chosen carefully from the estimated 15000 we see in any given day.“As a boy I was captivated by the Wild West, 'Cowboys and Indians' as we called it. Wagon Train, The Lone Ranger, Rawhide all had their part to play in my life. Later I was awestruck by Yuri Gagarin's space flight and enthralled by the first moon landing. Maybe there's a connection. The excitement has never left me. This is it so far.”Verging on the abstract using a combination of paint and mixed media, David creates intriguing yet finely balanced canvases paying both homage and wonder to the images he wants us to see and contemplate.
'The Hatfield Clan'
I collect images. Whilst trying to bring some sort of order to the thousands I have, I came across the family photo of the Hatfield Clan. In the photo all the men hold guns.
The 'Wild West' fascinates me, having enjoyed Cowboys and Indians as a boy. The rise in gun crime was on my mind when I started to paint this image. Brad Pitt the actor has said that he doesn't feel safe at home without a gun - 'it's in our DNA'. Is it in people's DNA? If Pitt is right, then DNA can be altered, say those that know.
Another way of altering DNA is by using vibrational techniques. One such technique is to use singing bowls, which are circular quartz bowls that produce sound waves to effect change at a molecular level.
Circles are important in my work. You'll see them in many of my paintings. Can paintings give off vibrations?
David Troughton August 2018