Between Representation and Abstraction – Peter Macaulay

Since 2005 Peter Macaulay has been able to paint full time, following a successful career in advertising. He has exhibited widely across the UK and his work hangs in many private collections internationally.

Macaulay’s work has explored and developed a lifelong inspiration of the human figure. Typically one or more figures, located in elaborately constructed spaces, form the basis of his pictures. Drawing has always been integral to this process; throughout the work, figures are drawn freely and often treated with abstraction, with little regard for technique or routine, instead focusing on the sensitivity of the line and the composition of the image.

The exhibition moves between representation and abstraction. Abstracted Figure and Sunbed with its Pollack-like streaks and splashes compares to the more elegant image inspired by an Egon Scheile drawing. The strong graphic images ofTheatrical Figure 1,2 and 3 also contrast with the stark background of Two Figures in a Cellar. Absurdity is a frequent theme, with examples such as Hopeless Staircase and Leg – an image produced with house paint and tea.

Images are left without explanation and appear both unfinished yet resolved. Above all there is a sense of Joir de vivreand a celebration of wit and sensitivity.

Between Representation and Abstraction – Peter Macaulay