Oliver Freeman

My paintings are, in the main, large, sculptural statements.

I find that expansive big canvases can absorb the viewer, perhaps share the experience of the elemental scale of the theme being explored. Even some of my pen and ink drawings are on a relatively large scale despite their fine grain detail.

The ancient and decaying trees of Savernake Forest are a longstanding fascination. Gnarled and rotting ancient trees expose their innards in quasi-biological detail.

Other themes: Natural phenomena, landscape, huge skies and chalk downland. Also the human form, patterns of people and birds in flight. Piles of waste and detritus as rolling downs await the same fate as the crustaceans that had created the chalk downs. For the disturbing scenes of destruction from Syria I developed a more medieval approach reflecting the shocking mindset.