A commentary on London’s urban landscapes and the complexities of city life, William Cookson’s abstract glass works use industrial materials: board or aluminium; glass and perspex. Inspired by Howard Hodgkin’s use of colour and Jackson Pollock’s alternative techniques with paint, these paintings are as bound to architecture as to art, with an emphasis on process, form and material. Creating an image using acrylic paint on an industrial canvas, Cookson squeezes the paint beneath a pane of glass to reveal a distorted abstract image.
“The glass is a metaphor for the barrier between humanity and emotion: that self-imposed barricade for survival in an increasingly hectic urban environment”, muses William. Although seemingly strong, the glass also signifies the transparency and fragility of these barriers, with the acrylic paint itself hinting at a growing detachment from nature.
William is now accepting commissions for his abstract works.