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Award-winning artist Jean-Luc Almond says his obsession with the materiality of paint makes his paintings come across like a dialogue between matter and representation, in which matter usually distorts and takes precedence over representation.

Figural things start to emerge when marks sit on the surface that don’t describe the face but give a sense of something. This feels like a more true human experience, disjointed and moving, indescribable. The substance and quality of paint becomes a painterly skin, almost masking identity and along with glazes of colour, trap, smother or preserve the faces to different degrees. He says: "I hope to create a push pull tension; wanting to view but not being given complete access.."


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