David Palliser, Mauve Void, 2002-10, 153 x 112cm
David Palliser’s most recent paintings are vivid, dynamic monuments made from spare and simple gestures. Nerve Bangle began as series of loose gouache sketches made during a residency in Paris, from which each painting became a celebration in a manner that the artist compares to ‘a grand ceremony for a flea in a cage’.
At the heart of Palliser’s practice is the continuing exploration of abstract painting. Through the lively combination of different brushwork – from flat, bold fields and simple patterns of pure colour, to washes, splatters and fine lines – Palliser creates spaces that twist and turn, bend in upon themselves and finally bring disparate elements into harmony.