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In Impey's work the formal, narrative, sensual and expressive qualities of painting are rejected. His focus is on the process of making and he employs a rigorous procedure which, nevertheless, allows for the intrusion of chance. This example is based on a fine grid of lines on which marks are painstakingly applied, partially removed and repeatedly overpainted. The effect for the viewer is of a mysterious, unstable surface with shimmering layers of light and shade.
oil on board
H 200 x W 100 cm
purchased by the Friends of the Mead, 2002