Henry Symonds

The night as refuge and time for uninterrupted creative endeavour informs this suite of paintings. Hence the collective title Night Watch.

The space evoked is indeterminate and references to nature remain oblique and largely suggestive with the purpose of luring the viewer into a speculative relationship with the work.

It responds to reflections and refractions of light on rain washed tarmac, illuminated interiors and vegetation cloaked in evening darkness. Historical or cultural associations, a sense of both space and place and/or a consideration of paint as a conveyer of meaning or enchantment might be evoked.

It is an iteration of contemporary lived experience - the suburban environment - which reaches back into the modernist tradition and beyond while engaging with the act of painting as it claims a position in contemporary discourse.