Dale Mann, at 50, continues to present his ideas through collage and paint. The overall intention remains the same although his images are, if anything, even bolder than before.
As I work on a painting I tend to write my ideas on and around the painting. This writing is frequently overpainted, and new writing added, as part of the change and renewal of the painting surface. If I choose to write words on to a painting, I realise that the act of scribbling can be either drawing or writing, or both at once, so the meaning of the text is part of the painting's surface. If the painting is visually complete before a narrative emerges, then I leave the painting open and trust in its meaning. Remaining words and images from the painting's 'journey' become part of its conclusion; and in this way the painting may suggest another.
This exhibition needs to be experienced rather than explained. As an added attraction we have organised two literary events which will take place within the exhibition . . .