Mark Surridge’s paintings reveal traces, signs and veils. Making work from specific sites, each site ‘mapped’, remembered and transformed into works of ‘equivalence of experience’. The paintings suggest aspects of archaeology; images appear half excavated in the paint, revealing hidden codes and syntaxes. Some of the canvases are divided into two parts, suggesting the passing of accumulated time or the movement of an ultra violet scanning device, searching for meaning. He uses the principles of the palimpsest to look at the world, the most distant layers erased or partially erased by the ones in front, the landscape can be seen as a series of elements, pictorial, psychological and metaphorical.
Surridge (b.1963) holds an MA in Painting. Surridge's distinctive work has been selected for numerous exhibitions including, the Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall, The Royal Academy, London, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Mini-Meta Abstract Painting from mid -generation British Artists, London and Tate St Ives, Cornwall.