Peter Macaulay


Pictures have a double reality. They are both the thing they are and the thing they represent. Simultaneously presenting an idea as an image and the image as a thing in itself. I’m more interested in the thing they are rather than narrative, subject or descriptive title. These things I find far less important. Also the resolution of a particular idea or series of thoughts is far more important than the completion of a picture. I find the unfinished state of a work often more compelling than a demonstration of technique that illustrates a preconceived subject.

To achieve the result I search for, I take chances and experiment with materials and importantly with preparation and timeline.

Sometimes it works.

Influences include Manray & Duchamp, Kitaj and, inevitably, Bacon. All printed materials and dreams.


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