Gary Winfield is interested in current thinking on consciousness – what it is and where it is. His aim is to create images of the space of consciousness that are pre concept, pre percept and pre imagination.
The scale of these canvas paintings is necessary to capture Gary’s ideas of philosophy, reality and states of consciousness. With a distinct focus on colour theory, Gary draws inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh and French chemist Michel-Eugène Chevreul. Gary Winfield’s use of scientific colour theory provides his paintings with a refined balance, as juxtaposed colours complement and enhance each other.
The organic nature of paint flowing into unpredicted patterns is how Gary seeks a level of complexity that befits consciousness. He explains, “I achieve this complexity with motion and movement through, across and into different depth spaces”. His works attempt to visualize the abstract notions of consciousness, stating, “We see things we expect to see. It’s what reacts with your eye when you’re looking at it”.
“My work is concerned with three areas: neuroscience and psychophysics; the delineation between phenomenal space-time and physical space-time; and role of consciousness within the theories of physics. These topics suggests a new physical theory of the nature of consciousness. By concerning myself with new thinking I am therefore making new art. My art does not attempt to interpret science. Instead it is a link to other dimensions, a string theory brane, a quantum teleportation, a contact of the phenomenal space ‘now’ with the physical space-time now, all at the same time.”
“The uncertainty element of the mixing paint, although under limited control can be predicted within a probability, in reference to the mathematics at the core of quantum physics. Physicists cannot predict the behaviour of a particle but can predict the probability of particle behaviour. In my work I am seeking a level of complexity that befits this consciousness. I achieve this complexity with motion and movement through, across and into different depth spaces or “dimensions”.
The movement is achieved through the involvement of the viewer, being able to observe only one space at a time, moving from space to space. The organic coloured shapes both create the space and are created by it. Marcel Duchamp believed that art transferred by “aesthetic osmosis between the artist and the spectator through inert matter, such as pigment, piano or marble”. I believe that the deep connection between an artist and his art opens the way for creativity to enter.”
- Gary Winfield
Gary graduated from USQ with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) in 2010. His art studies in Toowoomba challenged Gary to concepts of consciousness and colour theory. Blending together seamlessly, his works of art have evolved from scientific research into private art collections in both Australia and Singapore. Still an emerging Australian artist, Gary Winfield has stolen the hearts of art collectors both in Brisbane and internationally.