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PATTERNS - RECOGNITION OR PROJECTION ?
 

randomtriptychbristolRandomTriptych, Oil on 3 Hardboard 4'x4' panels, 1976-77

When making paintings and drawings using random values to select the colours painted in a regular grid, certain patterns began to catch my attention. In The Lüscher Colour Test, Max Lüscher explained his theory that we respond subjectively to colours depending on our current psychological state. It made me wonder whether people looking at works of art might see different shapes depending on their mood .

For some time I had also been wondering how much we project patterns onto things we look at rather than perceive patterns that actually exist. My thinking about this had been influenced among other things by Henry Moore's sculpture, Leonardo da Vinci's advice to look at stains on walls for inspiration, Max Ernst's frottage and what I had learned about gestalt theories of perception.