"My work embraces the simulated world, focusing attention on the interchange - ability of real and imaginary, actual and virtual." Lloyd Gill.
Lloyd Gill's paintings aim to explore and question the notion of space and our reality of it. We live in a wonderfully complex universe, which poses equally complex questions. Why are we here? Where did we and the world come from? What is the world made of? Lloyd Gill's fascination with trying to understand the universe, the relationship between spatial dimensions and perception, in conjunction with art and science, has led him to investigate and research some of the most recent and complex of scientific and theoretical ideas.
String theory and M theory are science's most recent attempts to answer some of these difficult questions. Though most of us don't truly understand these scientific theories, Lloyd Gill uses them to help answer and feed his artwork. "String theory" he says, "states that the rest of the mass in our universe is very small and curled up as higher dimensional space". Through science, theories such as String theory and M theory, explore the idea that our universe is a large solid object called a membrane. The theory states it may be possible for other universes to exist inside this higher dimensional space." Lloyd says, adding, "One speculation of this idea is that there are a number of universes floating around in higher dimensional space. I specifically find it intriguing that many people perceive reality as a restricted zone that only allows 1/3 of the actual mass of our universe". To Lloyd it would seem, "only logical that if scientists have calculated that we can only see 1/3 of the actual mass of our universe, that there are other special connections outside of our reach."
Applying his investigative research and theoretical study, by reflecting and developing them within a visual language, Lloyd hopes to make his paintings, "depict a reality which represents more than three dimensions of space." Using Architecture as a way of quantifying and representing space, he uses the internal and external structures of buildings, including, designs of modern restaurants, cafes, hotel lobbies and apartments, to create his dynamic compositions. Exploring the idea of two realities existing as one, "I look for perspective lines with scientific theories of higher dimensional space" he says.
Lloyd then combines them with figurative references taken from the human form. "It is important the layers of architecture and the inclusion of figurative elements overlap and fuse accordingly". Lloyd's technique consists of looking at a range of different views and perspectives, sketching and drawing and taking photographs directly from within the interior and exterior of the buildings. "On a metaphorical level the empty spaces, i.e. corridors, are solid forms, sculptures of subatomic mass. They appear to be void of objects; but I see the void itself as the object. I am ultimately attempting to extend the matrix of interpretation and to constantly shift the relationship between the viewer and the work". He says. Once a firm decision has been made about which drawing to use, he will then overlap them on to the canvas. Using photographs of people he's met on location or friends and relatives that may have a particular poignant association, he then incorporates them into the composition, using colour to combine the two elements. "If a section of architecture is overlapping a section of skin, then the colour of the skin will be that of the architecture". By using the overlap of figurative and architectural elements to determine the colour of form, he allows the piece, to a certain extent, to dictate the colour combinations and juxtapositions of the piece and take on a life of its own.
After successfully completing his Fine Art degree, Lloyd Gill won the Governor's Prize, Student of the Year Award, and the Harry Walker Prize, 2002, at Bath's Victoria Gallery. Exhibiting throughout the UK, including the countries capital and major city galleries, Lloyd Gill now lives and works in Weston Super Mare, UK.
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