Through my paintings I am exploring the essence of time and place and the interaction between permanence and change. Much of my recent work has focussed on the structure and architecture of Venice and the fine balance between decay and renovation that makes the past and present inseparable. I am interested in the veils of pre-knowledge and expectations that obscure my view, revealing only fragments and suggestions of what is really there. I subject my drawings and paintings to similar processes of wear and renovation to produce images that range from sharp realism to pure abstraction.
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“Terry Chipp’s paintings and mixed media collages resonate with the mystery of time passed and its shifting mark on architectural structures, positioned on an enduring landscape.
Chipp approaches his work as a detective, peeling back layers in pursuit of untold stories; the human presence implied in the peeling paint of a door, the newly stencilled house number or the newly replaced streetlight, projecting from an ancient crumbling wall. This approach implies a kind of forensic analysis of spaces, interrogating surfaces and questioning reasons for things – for the human interjections into spaces and surfaces that have remained for hundreds or thousands of years.”