what do all these drawings, paintings and illustrations have in common?

for many years now it has been an interest in visual structure...

playing with ideas of repetition and variation, the picture plane is divided into a diagonal grid
before being inhabited by criss-crossing lines, shapes and other motifs...

sometimes these paintings explore the relationships between people, multitudes of people
engaged in many common activities, but at other times they are not populated at all...

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...

anyway, the hope is that these artworks not only look for silence within the noise of illusion
but sometimes find it…

James Milroy,
february 2018.