Kaye McGarva's work seeks to reveal the embodied nature of vision.

McGarva's paintings hover between abstract and representational art, playing on the great artistic tradition of Trompe L'oeil, translated literally as "Deceive the eye". Her intention is to present the viewer with something uncanny, familiar but strange, prompting a gut reaction, a sense of unease within the viewer.

Eschewing traditional materials and methods, McGarva manipulates the canvas before spraying with layers of paint, capturing the incidental shadows that form at a particular moment in time and space. Her approach to painting is to minimise the hand of the artist, allowing chance and serendipity to shape the final outcome, with results that are as beautiful as they are unpredictable. Her work raises questions about the very nature of painting.



Through making these works, I have discovered the way to depict darkness, is to focus on light.

surface TENSION 2015/16

In these works I have introduced red, vertical lines to disrupt the picture plane. The colour and strong geometric element form a counterpoint to the monochrome soft, organic folds of the background creating an interesting tension.


New Perspectives 2015

Sectioning off part of the canvas allows form to be revealed in the boundaries between the creased and flat areas. I have found this offers a more representational reading of my paintings.

In this series I have played with the picture plane, tilting, skewing and bending it, to alter the perspective completely. 



Creases 2014/15

Creases are a metaphor for being in the world, registering the traces of our existence. 

These large scale abstract paintings are designed to elicit a physical response from the viewer in an effort to bring awareness to the subjective nature of vision and the body's role in interpreting what it sees.