Phil Woodward often appropriates mundane images and invests them with a renewed vigour. He responds directly to the chosen image, focusing primarily on colour. Adulterating the purity of the original with his own messy and dulled oil paints, he sees his interaction with the original image as a kind of mutation or positive contamination. His paintings emerge from a speculative process driven by his engagement with the materiality of paint and its possibilities. A process which explores the relationship between structured planning and spontaneity.
WAR ON TERROIR 2019
This series of paintings named, War on Terroir are all painted on adverts from Frieze magazine, first mounted onto canvas. Whilst primarily concerned with exploring colour, form, and spontaneous mark making, the paintings also consider the relationship between purity, taste and call for a reevaluation of what constitutes contamination. They discuss the possibility of the grand idea of a painting as a form protest, slowly and almost biologically spreading beyond the sterile environment of the gallery or Art Fair. At the same time they also worry about the possibility of painting descending into a futile kind of virtue signalling, biting the hand that feeds it.