Colin Lawson

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

An obsession with surface is the subject matter of my painting. Subtlety is a primary concern; a principle influenced by my fascination with ambient music, in particular its ability to envelop the listener without drawing attention to itself. From the early experiments of John Cage through to Brian Eno and present day recordings by Labradford and Marconi Union, I have been searching to find what might be considered a visual equivalent of this remarkable music. It is not my intention to illustrate this music however. The compositions are informed by responses to repeated notes and subtle variations in texture. The gradual introduction of stronger rhythms and the smaller, hidden sounds which surface periodically. My aim is to create an unobtrusive form of painting which will encourage attention rather than demand it.

Books by Colin Lawson