Sharon Lacey

Most of my works are oil on linen. My interests include the human figure, the painting process, and art historical precedent. I use traditional materials and techniques in my work, with an interest in cultural continuity. Artistic methods from earlier periods, which have survived centuries, support images that convey universal aspects of the human condition (rather than those experiences specific to a particular time or place).

My recent paintings depict dense figure groups engaged in vaguely familiar narratives. This use of multi-figured compositions developed from my study of manuscript paintings and relationships between text and image in medieval books.

The imagery is invented, yet informed by art historical works. Rather than work from external sources -- such as preliminary sketches or preconceived ideas -- I allow the mental and physical process of painting to drive the work. I start a series with a particular formal concern, and the imagery develops through the painting process itself with each layer of paint contributing to the next layer until the final image emerges.