Ralph’s new work is focused on deliberate and accidental mark making sitting side by side and the various processes related to these actions. These works rely as much on destroying as they do on creating and the destruction element is where the surprise or accident is created. Ralph uses a series of processes to reach his end, including bleaching, sanding and washing. Born from a fascination of removed or semi-removed graffiti, these paintings are exploring his notion of what it is to make a mark.
” Art is as much an exploration of surface and process as ideas and concepts. Art to me is about exploring surface limits and pushing the boundaries of what a ‘painting’ can be. I am always wanting to be surprised by a work of mine, which is why, alongside painterly controlled processes, I use processes that are uncontrolled or less controllable. “