After an initial exploration of gestural mark-making Kenneth Blackburn was led to produce work that charts a line between abstraction and representation. He sets up a vibrant contrast between flat planes of rich colour and the depth suggested by the mark-making on either side of it. The pictures seem to recede into space and protrude from it at the same time.
The alchemical process of mixing, grinding, recycling and applying wet pigmented plaster is important in understanding Kenneth Blackburn's work, for the layering process shows a respect for history and tradition. He is also heavily influenced by the northern landscape that surrounds him and his paintings become very personal reflections on the social and visual aspects that he perceives, as well as bold and accessible statements.
Blackburn has shown with the Curwen Gallery since 2000, and his most recent solo exhibition was held in the upper gallery space in February 2016. You can view the exhibition by clicking here.