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James Milroy is interested in playing with ideas of repetition and variation, the circling and crisscrossing of lines and shapes in compositions which are often inhabited by images of people, animals and natural forms, but more recently not populated at all... the work is grounded upon simple isometric grids and other pattern-like structures within which various motifs are given space to connect and dance in a visual music which may be harmonious or dissonant… from overcrowded multi-portraits to eye-entangling optical illusions the aim is to articulate surfaces with a shimmering intensity, which may simply entertain or otherwise lead to meditative states of mind… drawn with woven marks and plaited pigment this is a form of visual thinking which travels under and over itself, combining simple mathematical principles and creative intuition… it looks for silence within the noise of appearances, and sometimes finds it…